Los Angeles, CA, May 22, 2015 – SDI is pleased to announce that Richard Andrews has been appointed its new companywide President, a role in which he will be responsible for all aspects of SDI’s global business, reporting to SDI’s Board of Directors. Richard joined SDI in late 2009, and since that time has served as a senior executive responsible for many of SDI’s most important initiatives. Prior to SDI, Richard served as SVP/COO of Content Management at Ascent Media, President of Technicolor Creative Services, and President of Vidfilm International Digital. Richard will begin to transition into this role immediately, with an effective date of August 1, 2015.
Richard has extensive experience in managing large international post production companies throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. His primary objective going forward will be to continue the expansion of SDI’s geographic footprint, technology offerings, and service sets thereby providing clients with continued benefits and capabilities as SDI helps drive the transformation of the localization marketplace.
After having served as President & CEO of SDI Media since 2009, Walter Schonfeld has decided to take a step back from his day-to-day responsibilities, however he will remain on the Board of Directors and serve in an advisory capacity going forward. During Walter’s tenure he oversaw a significant geographic expansion of SDI’s business, as well as numerous technology and service improvements.
“SDI has made significant strides in helping to expand and professionalize the localization market over the past decade” said Walter Schonfeld, “Richard is an excellent choice to lead SDI through the next phase of its evolution.”
“SDI has an incredibly deep team of talented and dedicated professionals who are passionate about providing our clients with top-notch localization and media services,” said Richard Andrews. “As we start this next chapter in our story, I am thrilled to partner with our new owners to deliver world class localization services to every corner of the globe.”
A Consortium of Japanese companies including Imagica Robot Holdings, the Cool Japan Fund, and Sumitomo acquired SDI in April of 2015.
Masashi Nakamura, Chairman of SDI’s Board of Directors, said, “We couldn’t be happier with the appointment of Richard as SDI’s new President. Throughout the years his position at SDI has evolved to fit the changing landscape, both internally and externally. His years of experience and dedication to client satisfaction, along with Walter’s expertise, are key to SDI’s ongoing success.”