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Published on March 2, 2014

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CV of Cristiano BENZI International Broadcast Executive

Cristiano Benzi International Media & Broadcast Executive fluent in 4 Languages Paris 16, France E: Born in Turin, Italy 21st December 1963 Professional Summary Seasoned professional with over 20 years’ experience in Broadcast Engineering and Satellite Telecommunications with strong background in Public Communications, Broadcast Operations, Product Development and Strategic Marketing. Areas of Expertise Research & Development | Advanced Broadcasting Technologies Procurement & Project Management | Broadcast Operations Product Development & Marketing | Sales Support & Sales Execution Company Evangelist & Corporate Communicator Strengths       Accomplished company evangelist, public speaker and effective communicator delivering numerous speeches on various broadcasting and satellite telecommunications topics across the globe Managed, developed, and accelerated Video and Broadcasting department of Eutelsat Communications by 79% of yearly company revenue Sound expertise on new broadcasting technologies continually searching and identifying new trends and opportunities in the marketplace Fluent in 4 languages demonstrating strong background in culture diversity having lived abroad and worked with a company that contains 30 different nationalities Highly functional and creative leader with proven track record in innovative leadership and development of collaborative relationships within the broadcast community Excellent Technical Editor, author of White Papers, Articles, Technical Documentation, Contractual Documentation (SOWs, RFPs, and RFIs) Recognitions and Awards HD Forum Italia – Chairman of the Board (2009-2012) Appointed Chairman of HD Forum Italia, non-profit association of Broadcasting and Media companies (RAI, Mediaset, La7, Telecom Italia, SKY Italia, SONY, Samsung and Panasonic) aimed at supporting and facilitating introduction of High Definition broadcasting in Italy. Frequent contacts with Italian Telecom Regulator, Public and Private Broadcasters. IBC Amsterdam - International Broadcasting Convention - Special Technology Award (2008) Leading Member of the Broadcast Technology Futures Group awarded a Special Recognition for first ever transmission of SuperHiVision™ (UltraHD 8k) live pictures via Satellite [link] 1|Page- Cristiano Benzi CV

Experience Eutelsat Communications, Paris FRANCE 1998 – Present Recognized as the Eutelsat “guru” in Television Production and Broadcasting, regularly appointed to lead complex and innovative TV Distribution Projects where the maximum availability and the highest quality of deliverables are required. 2013 - Director Video & Broadcasting - Head of Pre Sales - Head of Occasional Use     Spearheaded Video and Broadcasting Business Line generating 79% of yearly company revenue. Supervise Video Sales Target coordinating Sales Force activities including 23 Area Managers and Regional Directors across Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America Assess company portfolio of products and services identifying and developing new market opportunities while conceiving new product offerings to further accelerate company revenue Lead Pre-Sales Team activities (staff of 4) supervising the preparation of Commercial and Technical Proposal for Video and Data Business Manage the Sales of Occasional Use Capacity supervising the SRC-Satellite Reservation Center (staff of 8) and assisting in reaching sales target in amount of €10 million. Secure new streams of revenue for Occasional Use by integrating new offers in Ka Band (NewsSpotter) 2011 - Director of Product Development – Professional Video (NewsSpotter)    Conceived and developed a revolutionizing Satellite Newsgathering product (NewsSpotter) which delivers IP-based SNG in Ka Band via a range of highly portable and compact User Terminals providing significant savings in operational costs. Promoted NewsSpotter to major Broadcasters and Service Providers worldwide [BBC, BSkyB, CNN, CBS, FOX, RTL, RAI, Al Jazeera, EBU and Globecast] and successfully signed sales contract with most of them. Developed marketing materials and trained sales force to successfully launch product. 2006 – Head of Broadcast Operations – KabelKiosk   Spearheaded Broadcast Operations of KabelKiosk, first satellite TV bouquet operated by Eutelsat via its German subsidiary. Designed, procured and supervised the installation of a Digital Compression and Encryption platform for operations on 12 Transponders, simulcrypt in Conax, NDS, Viaccess, contributions from Satellite, Fiber and local Playout. 2|Page – Cristiano Benzi CV

2004 – Head of Broadcast Operations – Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games     Guided Eutelsat through sponsoring the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games solely supervising company’s establishment of a complex network utilizing state-of-the-art satellite and fiber technology (more than 20 racks of equipment installed and operated at the Host Broadcaster’s International Broadcasting Center). Achieved tight and high-pressure deadlines conducting operation on a €3.5 million budget (out of €8 million allotted) allowing a €4.5 million company profit. Successfully achieved Project Delivery under tight deadlines and within highpressure environment collaborating with world-class Olympic organization requiring highest-quality, expert skills. Hired and supervised a temporary staff of 20 TV engineers to perform installations as well as 4 MCR Operators to Manage the Network during event time 1998 – 2003 Project Manager - Procurement Manager RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana Centro Ricerche - Turin ITALY 1992 – 1998 DVB Systems Senior Researcher: Turin Italy Research & Development Engineer – Hardware Engineer: Turin, Italy   Spearheaded research projects targeted toward the introduction of innovative services in the RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana TV programs broadcasted via Satellite and Terrestrial. Designed and tested field electronics hardware prototypes for assessment of new generation TV and Radio digital transmission systems. ITP Italiana - Turin ITALY Management Consultant 1990 – 1992 Istituto Tecnico G. Pininfarina – Turin ITALY 1987 – 1988 Professor of Telecommunications & Electronics (High School 11 and 12 grade) th th 3|Page – Cristiano Benzi CV

Education Master of Science in Electronic & Telecommunications Engineering (110/110) Politecnico di Torino: Turin, Italy Speaking Engagements 2014 | “Utilizing Satellite to Promote Digital Broadcasting” [link] Paper Presented at the Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum organized by the CTO Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation – Arusha, TANZANIA 2014 | “Les Enjeux de la Télévision UltraHD ” Round Table Discussion [link] IDIFF Le Salon des Professionnels de l’Image – Paris, FRANCE 2013 | “Assessing the Role of Satellite for Broadcast Distribution” Round Table Discussion Digital TV World Summit 2013 by Informamedia – London UNITED KINGDOM [link] 2013 | “4K Broadcasting: Hype or Reality?” Round Table Discussion [link] BroadcastPRO Middle East Summit and Awards 2013 – Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 2013 | “How Can Satellite be Useful for Digital Broadcasting?” Paper presented at the International Conference on Digital Broadcasting Technologies Thai BEx 2013 – Thailand Broadcasting Exhibition & Conference – Bangkok, THAILAND 2013 | “New Frontiers of TV Broadcasting: UltraHD, IP SNG, Ka Broadcasting” Paper presented at the SET Congresso e Feira (Sociedade Brasileira de Engenharia de Televisão) – São Paulo, BRAZIL [link] 2013 | “KA-SAT: The First HTS Satellite in Europe” Paper presented at the ABU Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Regional Workshop on Satellite Technologies – Colombo, SRI LANKA [link] 2013 | “The Last Word: Tracking Trends” Round Table Discussion CASBAA India Forum - organized by the CASBAA Cable and Satellite Broadcast Association of Asia - New Delhi, INDIA [link] * Comprehensive list of speaking engagements available upon request. Publications 2012 | NewsSpotter Spotlight Compact, Innovative, Affordable SNG via KA-SAT [link] 4|Page – Cristiano Benzi CV

Interviews 2013 | TG Leonardo Ultra HD Interview Technology News Daily Program aired by RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana (in Italian) [link] 2013 | Ultra HD First LIVE via Satellite Interview at the IBC - International Broadcasting Convention: Amsterdam [link] 2013 | Millecanali (TV Broadcasting & Production Magazine) Interview at the IBC - International Broadcasting Convention: Amsterdam (in Italian) [link] 2013 | “4k: Hype or Reality?” Interview on BroadcastPRO Middle East Magazine [link] 2013 | “Is it Time for 4k?” Interview on Digital Broadcast Middle East Magazine [link] 2012 | “Eutelsat pone en marcha su servicio NewsSpotter” Interview on Producción Profesional (in Spanish) [link] 2012 | “NewsSpotter nowa usluga firmy Skylogic” Interview on Sat Kurier (in Polish) [link] * Comprehensive list of interviews available upon request. Languages Italian (native) | English (fluent) | Spanish (advanced) French (fluent: living in France 15 yrs.) | Portuguese (conversational) 5|Page – Cristiano Benzi CV

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