The first "Broadcast and Media Technology Industry Woman of the Year" was awarded to Ms. Naomi Climer, President of Sony Media Cloud Services.
The International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM) holds an annual conference where approx. 150 broadcast manufacturers from all over the world join to discuss the industry situation and to meet with some key broadcasters to understand their direction. The conference also has a gala dinner including an awards ceremony. This year at the conference on 5-6th December 2014 in London, the IABM announced a new annual award to be given: Broadcast and Media Technology Industry Woman of the Year. This new award champions achievements of business women on the supply side of the industry, acknowledging enterprising spirit, determination and the drive to perform. The first ever winner of this award was Sony's Naomi Climer - currently President of Sony Media Cloud Services - part of PSG group.
The citation acknowledged that Naomi began her career as a broadcast engineer for the BBC in 1987. She has been very active in both the broadcasting side of the industry as well as the manufacturing side where the judges feel she has had considerable influence. The IABM particularly noted that Naomi was recently appointed President-elect of the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) and will become the first woman President and the first President from the broadcasting industry in the Institution's 143 year history when she begins her one-year role in October 2015. The IET is one of the world's largest professional engineering bodies and is the biggest shareholder of IBC - the annual European Broadcast Trade Show in Amsterdam.
Naomi said "I'm really proud and delighted with this recognition - I've been working in this industry for a long time and I hope to be able to bring benefits to the broadcast community through my IET role as well as through Sony. It's key to make sure that young people - especially women - consider a career in Engineering and Technology.
Engineering and Technology has so much to offer for an exciting and rewarding career. The world is certainly going to need talented engineers at all levels for many years to come. I look forward to playing my part to encourage the next generation of engineers and technologists to step up and help us create a better world."