Imagine Launches Labs Unit

Imagine Communications, a company focused on multiscreen video infrastructure products, software and advanced ad systems, has launched Imagine Communications Labs, a unit that will help the vendor's customers and partners test proof of concepts and to validate workflow integrations and product interoperability.

Leading the new labs unit is industry vet Peter Riordan, who is late of Encompass Digital Media and the tech teams of HBO and Discovery Communications.

Imagine also announced several appointments and promotions:

-Ajay Kapoor has been promoted to lead Imagines’ Global Services unit, overseeing a team of more than 200 support engineers and analysts in 30 countries. Late of Avaya, Kapoor joined Imagine in 2014.

- Sarah Foss has been promoted to chief product officer of Imagine’s Advertising Management Solutions (AMS) portfolio.  She reports to Imagine CEO Charlie Vogt.

- Chris Sjerven elevated to VP of operations, reporting to Vogt.

- Leonardo Emilo Gañán will head up the company's CALA sales region.  Gañán is late of Grass Valley, Textronix, Thomson Broadcast and Quantel.

''After spending much of the past few years focused on the fulfillment of our strategic vision, Imagine Communications is now expanding its focus by providing our customers with industry-leading expertise and support to fully modernize their infrastructure and advance the revenue-generating capabilities of their businesses,'' Vogt said in a statement. ''Imagine is sending a clear and resounding message to our customers that we will continue to invest in technology innovation and in the support resources required to provide exceptional customer service.''