Leitch to open office in Dubai Media City

Despite being bought over by Harris recently, Leitch is pushing ahead with its plans to open an office in DMC to support and strengthen its reseller channels in the region.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  October 4, 2005

Despite being bought over by Harris recently, Leitch is pushing ahead with its plans to open an office in Dubai Media City. The new office will support and strengthen Leitch’s reseller channels in the region by supplying local sales and service support. “It has been a long term objective of Leitch to strengthen our presence in what is an important market for broadcast television,” says Dave Dougall, vice president of European operations. “The announcement of the planned acquisition of Leitch by Harris has not affected these growth plans. We have several key customer installations in the region that require local support and we intend to have other major installations in the near future. So, we fully intend to move ahead with these plans,” he told Digital Studio. Dougall says the local office will initially house three support staff. “We have identified several prospective candidates with the proven track record of opening sales and service operations in the region. We hope to initially have two to three people and then grow to about five people over the next year,” he adds. Although, after the acquisition, Leitch will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Harris and will operate as a company within the Harris Broadcast Division, Dougall does not see it affecting the company’s local operations. “The acquisition will allow our companies to broaden our offering of systems that enable digital media content to be created, processed, managed and delivered to customers. This will establish Harris as the company that broadcasters turn to as they upgrade their equipment and software systems to operate in a digital environment. Leitch and Harris share a common customer base. The acquisition offers the potential to increase the addressable broadcast customer base of both Harris and Leitch, as well as enabling us to expand into larger, faster-growth markets such as the Middle East,” says Dougall.

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