Steven McCartney joins Ssimwave as president, Communitech hires Greg Barratt as new VP

Ssimwave announced that Steven McCartney, former VP of Strategic Growth at Communitech, will be joining the company as president.

McCartney will have oversight of sales, operations, and strategic growth of Ssimwave.

“I am thrilled that Steve will be joining our team,” said Rehman. “He shares our values and our focus on innovation. Steve places the same strong emphasis as we do on the customer experience, and has shown himself to be an extraordinary leader throughout his career and has a proven track record.”

McCartney joined Communitech as its VP of startup services in 2013. In the past, he has acted as director of Sandvine, CEO of Atria Networks, and director and chair of Bering Media.

“I’m excited to see Steve join a high-growth company like Ssimwave. A University of Waterloo spinoff rooted in research and a graduate of Communitech Rev, Ssimwave is a great example of commercializing industry-changing technology,” said Iain Klugman, President and CEO of Communitech. “Steve’s deep industry knowledge and executive leadership skills will help accelerate their growth and build another global technology company here in Waterloo Region.”

Greg Barratt, strategic sales leader at Miovision responsible for North America and Europe operations, will fill in McCartney’s role at Communitech. Barratt formerly served as president of Communitech between 2000 to 2003, and has acted as an entrepreneur in residence.

“We’re really excited to welcome Greg back to the Communitech family,” said Klugman. “Greg is bringing in valuable experience, having held key roles at local tech companies Coreworx and Miovision. He also served as the President of Communitech from 2000 to 2003 and continued to work with us over the years as an executive in residence and pitch coach to our startups.”

Ssimwave is working to create the standard for how video quality is measured, and develops technologies for video quality monitoring, video quality diagnosis, and perceptual video compression for the entertainment industry. The company’s co-founder won an Emmy in recognition of the software.

In early May, the company took home part of the Communitech Rev Demo Day $100,000 prize.

Image courtesy of Communitech

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