Management Team

Brick Eksten

Brick Eksten is Qligent’s Chief Executive Officer. He joined Qligent from Imagine Communications, where he most recently served as CTO, Playout and Networking Solutions and oversaw its roadmap for transitioning customers’ broadcast operations to the cloud. As CEO, co-founder and technical visionary of streaming solutions pioneer Digital Rapids, he grew the company from four-person startup to respected market leader – culminating in its acquisition by Imagine in 2014. Eksten’s decades of industry experience across film, broadcast, and OTT are invaluable as he leads Qligent to the next level of helping customers deliver next-generation direct-to-consumer (DTC) experiences.

Andrey Gaynulin

Andrey joined Qligent as Chief Operating Officer in 2014. Shortly after Qligent was formed from the Tecom Group in 2014 as a separate company, Andrey reallocated from Tecom to Qligent to drive the company's world-wide business development to address new challenges and opportunities brought by broadcast and Telco markets. Before joining Qligent, Andrey gained 13 years of experience with Tecom Group in the areas of software and hardware development, system integration and managed services provision for Broadcast TV and Telecommunications. Andrey earned a bachelor's degree in Broadcasting Technologies, a master's degree in Networking and Telecommunications and a Ph.D. in Systems Analysis and Big Data Processing.

John Shoemaker

John joined Qligent in 2016 as Director of Sales. Before joining Qligent, John gained over 20 years of experience with Crystal, Comlink, VCI Solutions, and Myers Information Systems delivering hardware and software solutions in the Broadcast Radio and TV marketplace. John’s experience includes sales/business development in Network Monitoring and Management, System Integration, Master Control Automation, and Traffic and Billing solutions. John’s focus is to build new business opportunities through direct sales and channel partners.

Roman Semenov

Roman joined Qligent in 2016 as Sales Director for the EMEA region responsible for direct sales as well as channel partners. Roman has 12 years’ experience working with corporate customers, credit analysis, and office and partner network management for several banking groups including Intesa Sanpaolo and Societe General. Roman’s broad experience includes sales/business development, analytics, HR management, and affiliate sales. He has a bachelor’s degree in Radio Physics and additional education in the organization of entrepreneurship in science and technical fields