Michael Hallén appointed new CEO at Vizrt

Mr. Hallén brings with him 25 years of experience in the global software business.

Vizrt, the leading provider of story production tools for the digital media industry, announced today that Michael Hallén has been appointed as the new CEO, effective August 1st 2016. Mr. Hallén will be based in the Vizrt Global Headquarters in Bergen, Norway.

Michael most recently comes from Qmatic Group, a Swedish software and hardware company in the Customer Experience Management space where he was the CEO. Prior experiences include the CEO position at Boss Media (Gaming Entertainment Software) and the CEO position at IFS (ERP software). Furthermore Michael has held several non-executive directorships in various tech companies and currently he holds two board positions, Fingerprint Cards and Paxport.

Chairman of the Board, Torben Munch, said "I am very pleased to welcome Michael Hallén on board as our new CEO for Vizrt. Michael is passionate about technology and brings 25 years of experience from global software business. With Michael and the Vizrt team I am convinced that we can continue Vizrt's track record for innovation, leverage our company's leadership in broadcast graphics and broaden our scope into leadership in video creation, storytelling and video distribution on all platforms. I also expect Michael and the Vizrt team to expand our client base to include all media companies who create and distribute digital content in video format."

“I’m looking forward to working together with Vizrt’s world-class team to serve long term customers while capturing the new market opportunities that are being created in this fast changing industry,” said Michael Hallén. “Joining the Vizrt team brings a fantastic personal opportunity as it involves two of my own favorite interests: leading technology and international news.”

“On behalf of the Board, management, and all the employees, I would like to welcome Michael to the Vizrt family,” added Munch

Mr. Hallén replaces former Vizrt CEO, Martin Burkhalter, who recently retired after heading the company for six years. Dr. François Laborie, COO, remains as Acting CEO until August 1st 2016.

About Vizrt

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics, studio automation, sports analysis and asset management tools for the media and entertainment industry. This includes interactive and virtual solutions, animations, maps, weather, video editing, compositing, and playout tools. Vizrt has customers in more than 100 countries worldwide including CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, BSkyB, Al Jazeera, NDR, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK and the list keeps growing. Vizrt has nearly 600 employees and operates in 40 offices worldwide. Vizrt is a privately owned company by Nordic Capital Fund VIII.

Press Contacts

Michael Hallen Michael Hallén CEO MHallen|V:ZR7
Dr. Stephan Würmlin Stadler Dr. Stephan Würmlin Stadler Chief Product Officer +41 44 277 65 02 SWuermlin|V:ZR7