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FirstCapital hosted an invite-only dinner with Simon Bax, Chair of Archant, one of the UK’s largest independently owned regional media companies. Simon is also Chair of WiSpire, a joint venture between the Diocese of Norwich and Archant which brings broadband to rural communities, and he is a non-executive director of Channel 4, Inmarsat plc, the industry leader and pioneer of mobile satellite communications, and the British Bobsleigh & Skeleton Association.
Simon has extensive financial and operating experience primarily in the media and entertainment industry both in the US and the UK, having been EVP and CFO of Pixar Animation and, before that, CFO of Fox Filmed Entertainment and the advertising agency, Chiat/Day Inc. Most recently he was Chief Executive Officer of Encompass Digital Media Inc, a company he co-founded in early 2008 that grew to over 1,000 employees and revenues of approximately $300 million by the time it was sold to private equity in 2012.