Ascent taps John Phipps

Veteran will be senior vp global strategic sales

Ascent Media Group, a collection of companies offering postproduction and media services, has appointed John Phipps as senior vp global strategic sales.

The appointment comes as John Malone's Discovery Holding is preparing to spin off wholly owned subsidiary AMG along with Discovery Networks into an independently traded company. Malone will be the entity's controlling shareholder.

AMG already has done some recent restructuring and hiring, including newly appointed Hewlett-Packard exec Tom Kuehle as its senior vp digital services.

In his new role, Phipps will build a sales team to develop opportunities for the company's Viia file-based services and to coordinate worldwide engagement with major media clients.

He brings more than 30 years of sales experience to the position, most recently serving as sales director at Red Bee Media. Phipps also has served as vp software sales at Harris Corp. and held global sales management roles at Tektronix and Thomson's Grass Valley.