Cobalt Digital Announces Multiple Promotions
Chris Shaw moves into COO spot, Suzana Brady becomes SVP of Worldwide Sales & Marketing, Nick Maag and Monte Variakojis elevated to VPs
Champaign, IL – June 4, 2021 – Gene Zimmerman, president of Cobalt® Digital, has announced the promotion of four key team members noting that the multiple moves are an indicator of the company’s unprecedented growth in difficult times. Cobalt is a leading designer and manufacturer of award-winning edge devices for live video production and master control.
“We are fortunate to have such talented, skilled and knowledgeable individuals at the helm of Cobalt Digital as we continue this period of extraordinary change and growth,” Zimmerman commented. “The industry, and the world, had to pivot overnight in 2020 and yet these four people not only made it work, they made it one of our most successful years ever, which has spilled into 2021.”
Chris Shaw has moved into the position of Chief Operations Officer from Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. An industry veteran, Shaw first joined Cobalt in 2006 to establish the Company’s global dealer network and grow its presence through integrated sales, marketing and communication initiatives. Previously Shaw held leadership positions with Linear Acoustic and Wohler, responsible for sales in regions ranging from the Americas to the entire world. In his new role Shaw will continue to oversee the sales team and marketing efforts, but also focus on all areas of business development including expansion of the company’s solution platforms and its growth in international markets.
Suzana Brady, formerly Vice President of Sales in the Americas has been named Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing. Reporting to Shaw, Brady will work closely with the executive team to define geographical and technical areas of growth and implement sales, marketing and operational strategies. Brady’s career has spanned over two decades and includes work in data networking, wireless, broadband and broadcast technology spaces. Prior to Cobalt she held technical sales and marketing management positions at ImmediaTV, IDC, Logic Innovations, SkyStream Networks and 3Com Corp. Brady also serves as Chairman for the RIST Forum (Reliable Internet Streaming Transport).
Nick Maag has been appointed Vice President of Manufacturing, a promotion from his former position as Director of Manufacturing. Maag began his tenure with Cobalt in 2005 as production manager and was subsequently promoted to Director of Manufacturing responsible for the company’s supply chain, purchasing, and production schedules. In his new position, Maag will continue to manage the day-to-day operations of Cobalt’s contract manufacturers, test department, and shipping/receiving activities. He will report directly to Chris Shaw and also interface closely with other senior members of the engineering, sales, and accounting teams to develop and evaluate new processes that streamline all manufacturing activities with the ultimate goal of guaranteeing customer satisfaction.
Monte Variakojis, a software engineer and architect for nearly three decades, is now Vice President of Software, elevated from Engineering Manager, Software Products. Variakojis will be responsible for developing and managing Cobalt’s overall software strategy that includes evaluating and selecting the most appropriate system architectures and ensuring that the company’s platforms support all the latest formats including 3G/HD/SD and IPTV solutions. Reporting to Dr. Ciro Noronha, Cobalt’s Executive Vice President of Engineering, Variakojis will also focus on creating advanced user interfaces and protocols to enhance the user experience for the company’s customers.
“Chris, Suzana, Nick and Monte have been vital to the success of Cobalt and we are proud to recognize their contributions and accomplishments with these promotions,” said Zimmerman. “Despite a challenging global environment, Cobalt has excelled in 2020-2021. Our entire team has been amazing, bringing upgrades, enhancements, new products and overall satisfaction to our growing client base, and these four have gone above and beyond expectations. They’ve each demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities during difficult times, ensuring processes were adapted to meet new guidelines and protocols, and guaranteeing that our customers’ needs were always met with the most targeted and cost-effective solutions possible. Please join me in congratulating these four deserving individuals.”