Intel Taps BBC Exec to Head Digital Home Business

Intel Corp. said that it has named Erik Huggers as vice president and general manager of its Digital Home unit to replace interim general manager Brad Daniels.

Huggers, former director of the British Broadcasting Corp.'s Future Media and Technology, also will sit on Intel's Management Committee, the company said. 

"Erik Huggers' proven track record of managing a variety of digital media businesses will be an extraordinary asset to Intel's digital home initiative," said Paul Otellini, Intel President and chief executive. 

"Erik's background and vision for delivering new platforms, interactive content and services to consumers are an outstanding fit for Intel, and I am thrilled to welcome such a talented person to drive this key strategic business for Intel," he said.

At the BBC, Huggers was responsible for delivering BBC content over the Internet, interactive TV and mobile on a wide variety of devices from any location. He joined the BBC in 2007, managing the BBC's Broadcast and Enterprise Technology Group and BBC Archives and leading its research and development efforts.

 "This is a tremendous opportunity to build a new business for silicon, software and services to unlock the potential of high-quality connected media experiences in the living room," Huggers said.

Before joining the BBC, Huggers led Microsoft Corp.'s global business development for Windows Media Technologies. He also worked with Endemol Entertainment as director of business development for its interactive division.

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