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ITN Appoints Software Industry Leader as New Archive Chief

2 February 2005

ITN announced today that it has appointed Sue Thexton as head of the rapidly growing ITN Archive business.

Sue previously ran Macromedia’s European operations and has won recognition as a high-flier in the global software industry.

Sue will take over the role of Managing Director, ITN Archive, from 1 March. The Archive is the fastest growing of ITN’s businesses and has trebled its turnover since 2001. Today, ITN manages the world’s largest collection of moving imagery, encompassing ITN’s own content and the Reuters, Granada, Channel 4, British Pathe, Fox News and Fox Movietone libraries.
Sue was at Macromedia, the US software giant (NASDAQ: MACR), for 10 years and Vice-President in charge of its European business from 1998. She increased Macromedia’s European turnover more than fivefold during that period

Commenting on the appointment, Mark Wood, Chief Executive of ITN, said: “Sue brings to ITN an outstanding track-record in building a global business and tremendous expertise in sales and marketing, particularly for web-based businesses. This is just the skill set we need as we take ITN Archive to the next level and start to open up new markets for our world-beating video libraries.
”Sue is already a phenomenon in the software industry and I am quite sure her energy and experience will help us realise our plans to grow ITN Archive into a business with global scale.”

ITN Archive accounts for more than 10% of ITN’s revenues and the company is investing in a major technical upgrade and digitisation programme. ITN Archive’s sales have been growing most rapidly in the US, Europe and Asia and ITN has announced plans to extend its sales infrastructure in these key markets.

Sue Thexton said: “ITN Archive is an incredible business already and I am very excited to join a company with so many opportunities for growth.

“I am confident my experience of building successful businesses will enable me to execute ITN’s ambitious investment plan for the Archive. Among its archive collections, ITN manages a wealth of genres, from news through to wildlife, music and entertainment. This positions the business perfectly for an explosion of opportunities from the convergence of film, television and interactivity.”

Alwyn Lindsey, the current MD, ITN Archive, has decided to leave ITN to pursue other business opportunities. Mark Wood said: “Alwyn has done a tremendous job in taking the ITN Archive business to its current level, way beyond the company’s ambitions even three or four years ago, and establishing a highly professional sales operation. He not only achieved outstanding increases in sales but negotiated a series of complex archive management deals which together form the richest and broadest video collection in the world.”

Sue Thexton has been a member of the BAFTA Council for 5 years and Chairman of the BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Committee for seven years. She was Chairman of BSA (Business Software Alliance–Europe) 2001-2002. Macromedia serves the multimedia and IT markets. Sue was responsible for the sales, marketing and management of the UK business from 1994 to 1998 and for the European operations from 1998 to 2004. Prior to joining Macromedia, Sue was General Manager for Adobe Systems Northern Europe where she also achieved great success in growing sales and establishing a business of significant scale.

ITN Archive manages the world’s largest video collection, comprising over 680,000 hours of footage. It has the exclusive rights for the ITN, Reuters, British Pathe, Granada, Channel 4 and Fox News video libraries. In the last three years it has grown rapidly, providing video to a wide range of international clients.

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John Nolan
ITN
Communications Officer
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