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ACCESS Europe Appoints Dr. Neale Foster as Chief Operating Officer to Spearhead Multiscreen Strategy

Oberhausen, Germany, − April 24, 2014 − ACCESS CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, today announced the appointment of Dr. Neale Foster as Chief Operating Officer of ACCESS Europe. Foster retains his previous role as VP Global Sales TV at ACCESS Europe, where he guided the company towards becoming a key player in the multiscreen market.

During his five years at ACCESS, Foster has enabled the company to devise and deploy multiscreen-centric technologies catering to the broadcasters’, operators’ and CE manufacturers’ requirements. Becoming COO and VP Global Sales TV of ACCESS Europe enables Foster to further leverage his expertise in broadcast, connected TV and consumer electronics to lead the next generation of multiscreen software developments.

Prior to joining ACCESS, Neale was Director of Business Development at Miniweb. Before that, he was Vice-President of Channel Sales and Business Development at Espial, where he spent seven years and was a driving force behind establishing Espial’s leadership in IPTV. Neale has over 15 years of technical and commercial experience in the consumer and software market.

“Neale has demonstrated a unique capacity to understand the market and be one step ahead of the competition throughout his time driving sales in the TV business space for ACCESS”, said Dr. Raiko Funakami, CEO, ACCESS. “Neale is an integral part of ACCESS Europe and we are confident that he will play a key role in ensuring the company’s progression to becoming a true multiscreen leader.”

“ACCESS has always been a forward thinking company, and has shown countless times that it can adapt to new developments in the consumer electronics and media distribution industries,” said Dr. Neale Foster, COO and VP Global Sales TV, ACCESS Europe. “As COO and VP Global Sales TV of ACCESS Europe, I will ensure that we continue to provide the solutions our customers need to succeed in multiscreen and TV Everywhere.”

Dr. Neale Foster will be attending the Cable Show( (29 April-1 May, Los Angeles Convention Center) and taking part in the Cloud Services and Virtual STB’s Panel at CSI Converging Home Summit (7-8 May, IoD Hub, London).

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ACCESS CO., LTD. is a global provider of advanced software solutions and services that enable operators, device manufacturers, content owners and consumers to make the most of today’s multi-screen, connected world. It provides software for mobiles, smartphones and tablets, connected TVs and set-top boxes in the connected home, automotive, digital publishing and networking markets. ACCESS solutions have shipped in over one billion devices around the world. Its product portfolio includes the NetFront™ software series, providing customers faster time-to-market, flexibility and customizability; the PUBLUSTM for cloud-based, cross-platform digital publishing and the NetAd mobile advertising platform. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, the company is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (Mothers’ Index, 4813) and operates subsidiaries and affiliates in Asia, Europe and the United States. Learn more about ACCESS at

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