AIB key staff

Executive Committee

Secretariat

Simon Spanswick | Chief Executive
Gunda Cannon | Editorial Director
Roger Stone | Business Development
Amitabh Srivastava | Regional Head South Asia
Edward Wilkinson | Business Development Executive
Clare Dance | Administrator and Awards Co-ordinator


Simon Spanswick | Chief Executive
Simon Spanswick is a founder director of the AIB. His career spans both public and commercial sectors and for many years he has been closely involved in digital broadcasting.

Having contributed as a freelance journalist to BBC World Service English output since 1981, Simon joined the BBC in 1986. He spent time with BBC Monitoring, and was part of the specialist team that formed part of the UK delegation to WARC 92, safeguarding the BBC’s interests in terms of short wave and satellite broadcasting frequencies. In 1993, Simon moved to World Service Corporate Affairs, working on press and public relations initiatives, while at the same time continuing to present the World Service English media programme, Waveguide. He was the Project Manager for the Digital Radio Worldwide consortium that brought together international broadcasters with an interest in satellite-delivered digital radio services.

In 1996, Simon left the BBC to join World Radio Network as Director of Corporate Affairs. He worked on a variety of projects to raise awareness of WRN in the global broadcasting industry, and secured funding from the European Commission to launch pan-European radio services. He also led the project, part funded by Britain’s Department of Trade and Industry, to develop the world’s first portable DAB receiver.

Simon has managed the establishment and launch of major DAB Digital Radio services in the UK and has worked as a consultant to Digital One, the UK’s national DAB multiplex operator.

As Chief Executive of the AIB, Simon leads the organisation’s work on a day to day basis. He keeps his journalistic skills up-to-date as managing editor of the AIB’s publications, frequently interviewing leading personalities for the pages of The Channel and reporting from major media and telecoms events around the world.

Simon regularly speaks or chairs sessions at industry and consumer conferences about varied aspects of broadcasting.


T +44 (0) 20 7993 2557
M +44 (0) 7802 936 786
E simon.spanswick [at] aib.org.uk


Amitabh Srivastava | Regional Head South Asia
Amitabh SrivastavaAmitabh Srivastava has held senior management positions over the past 19 years in top media brands including Times TV, MTV, BBC, TV Today and Walt Disney. He has worked across the TV, cable and satellite industry and has handled distribution for a range of broadcasters in India and across Asia. He headed BBC and Walt Disney in distribution and marketing in South Asia.

Amitabh is in tune with emerging media and has a detailed and incisive grasp of new technology across IPTV, mobile, Broadband, Internet and VAS and across airline syndication as well as hotel syndication. In addition, he has an excellent record of sourcing additional revenue for broadcasters from non-conventional distribution deals.

His relationships in the media and entertainment industry range from regional players to the CEOs of major media houses. He has lived in Mumbai which is hub of entertainment and financial activities in India and has a home in New Delhi, the capital of India, where he has extremely good relationship with government and state media officials as well.

Amitabh worked with Radio Netherlands Worldwide for five years establishing their brand inSouth Asia. He led the work on an RNW/All India Radio co-production partnership. This was the first arrangement of this type between AIR and an international broadcaster.

As AIB’s South Asia representative, Amitabh is leading the Association’s expansion in India and surrounding markets, as well as assisting AIB members in the competitive South Asian media marketplace.

Amitabh is developing links throughout the media and entertainment sector in the South Asia region to provide global platforms and networks for players in the industry including production houses and facilities and the print media, allowing them to achieve their potential internationally.


M +91 98110 55580
E amitabh.srivastava [at] aib.org.uk