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03 February 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Singtel’s movie and video streaming service Hooq has appointed Michael Fleshman, a former BBC and Financial Times executive, as its CTO.
Hooq, seen as a rival to Netflix, is Singtel’s
over-the-top (OTT) service that is available via Airtel in
India, AIS in Thailand, Globe in the Philippines, Telkomsel in
Indonesia, and – since last November, Singtel in
Singtel has a majority stake in the project across Asia, with
Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros Entertainment being
the minority shareholders.
Fleshman was senior vice president of consumer digital
technology at BBC Worldwide until March 2015 after being CTO at
FT.com and CIO at the Financial Times. He describes himself on
Twitter as a American and French "nomadic digital CTO with a
passion for product development".
Peter Bithos, the CEO of Hooq, said: "We are elated to welcome
Michael to Hooq as part of our senior leadership team. At the
same time, we are ecstatic by his depth of experience in the
digital media space and I have no doubt he will lead our
technical team to new heights as we expand aggressively into
new territories, new products and new platforms in 2017."
Fleshman said he looked forward "to driving the company into
its new phase of innovation and technology".