OTTera Expands Into Africa
OTT/FAST Channel provider OTTera has hired international sales expert Simon Tchokonté of Novocomedy as its new Director of Business Development - Africa, on the heels of successful international expansions into Latin America, China and the Middle East.
Simon Tchokonté, OTTera Director of Business Development - Africa
As Director of Business Development for the African continent, Tchokonté will operate between France, Cameroon, South Africa and Tanzania giving OTTera a foothold in the fast-growing OTT/FAST Channel industry in the West, East and South African regions initially. His managerial sales background at Novovision and Novocomedy, as well as extensive knowledge of the African TV industry from both a sales and cultural perspective, give Tchokonté the upper hand to lead OTTera's move into the African market.
"As demand for OTT/FAST streaming reaches all corners of the globe, we felt it necessary to select a Director of Business Development for Africa that not only truly understands the cultures, but also has the sales experience and connections to fast-track business development," said Stephen L. Hodge, Chairman and CEO of OTTera Inc. "Simon Tchokonté, in his work with Novovision and Novocomedy, has proven that he is the best person to lead OTTera's rapid growth in Africa."
Tchokonté has been working in the media industry for over ten years. He started his career in 2012 at Novovision as a Sales and Human Resources Manager before becoming in 2018 the Sales Director of Novocomedy, the world’s largest provider of non-verbal content, and later its Deputy General Manager.
Tchokonté holds a Master’s Degree in International Business from the University of Paris 10-La Défense, France and from Millersville’s University in Pennsylvania, USA. He is also a graduate in Business Law from the Faculty of Law of Paris 10.
"Working with OTTera in a client role has given me insight as to how many opportunities they have in front of them as a white label FAST service with global aspirations," said Tchokonté. "My goal is to help them move their business quickly into the African continent and extend their distribution to millions more users there."
OTTera, headquartered in Los Angeles with divisions in LATAM, EU, MENA, CIS, and China, connects local publishers and content owners with the largest connected TV companies in the FAST arena, to expand their channels to accommodate new viewership habits and changing demographics around the world.