Sandy Nasseri, chief executive and founder of MelroseINC was presented with the Woman of The Year Award at last night’s Rise Awards.

The Awards, which took place during the DPP Tech Leaders’ Briefing 2020, are organised by Rise, the advocacy group for women in the broadcast technology sector.

This year, the judges saw over 100 nominations from women in a variety of roles and across the globe, in several categories: Business, Engineer, Marketer/PR, Rising Star, Sales, Technical Operations, Product Innovation and Woman of the Year.

Sandy Nasseri was picked for the award by the Rise Advisory Board, who credited her for her significant contributions to the industry as well as dealing with major business incidents this year.

Sandy Nasseri

Sandy Nasseri

Nasseri is the co-founder of MelroseINC, the California-based provider of end-to-end storage, content creation, asset management and IT systems and services. 

Rise said that as a woman-in-business leader, working in a male dominated industry, Sandy strives to be a voice for women in her marketplace. She serves on the Apple Advisory Reseller Board; serves as the President and Chair of the Avid Customer Association for the Reseller Channel; and is active in the American Express Women’s Initiative.

The winners and nominees

  • Business - sponsored by Adobe

Lindsay Stewart, CEO & Co-Founder, Stringr

Paola Hobson, Managing Director, InSync Technology

Soraya Robertson, Commercial Director, TheCollectv

  • Engineering - sponsored by OWNZONES Entertainment Technologies

Yulia Rozmarin, R&D Project Manager, LiveU

Janet Law, Senior Production Technician, Calrec

Abigail Seager, Senior Systems Engineer, BBC News

  • Marketer/PR – sponsored by ANNEX PRO

Donnelle Koselka, Lead Employee & Crisis Communications, Avid

Ana Escauriaza, Senior Field Marketing Specialist, Avid

Julia Heighton, Marketing Manager, Media Production & Technology Show

Laura Light, Marketing Manager, Object Matrix

  • Product Innovation - sponsored by Clear-Com

Tove Bonander, Strategic Product Manager, Red Bee Media

Kate Dimbleby, Co-Founder & COO, Stornaway

Hannah Loughlin, Lead Product Designer, Avid

Lindsay Stewart, CEO & Co-Founder, Stringr

  • Rising Star – sponsored by EditShare

Gabriella Luck, Trainee Technical Support Engineer (ITV News), ITV Tyne Tees & Border

Sophia Hazari, Transmission Lead, Discovery

Sarah Thorp, Project Manager (Test), Red Bee Media

  • Sales - sponsored by Telstra

Eunice Park, VP, Global Sales & Revenue, Zixi

Paloma Santucci, Regional Director, LATAM, Accedo

Kathleen Skinski, General Manager, Broadcast and Media, Planar Systems

  • Technical Operations - sponsored by Ross Video

Kerry Shreeve, VP of Technology Operations, Discovery

Fiona Burton, Head of Post Production and Engineering EMEA, A+E Networks

Fiona Simons, VP, Production Operations, Discovery

  • The Woman of the Year – sponsored by Zixi

Sandy Nasseri, CEO and Founder, MelroseINC