Friend MTS Founder Shifts As New CEO Is Revealed


A global provider of content protection technology products developed for the media and content owners, broadcasters and operators has tapped a seasoned industry executive as its new CEO.

He previously served as the chief executive of NBA China.

Taking the top spot at Friend MTS is Derek Chang.

He will be based in London.

“We are at the forefront of rapid changes in consumer behavior, new business models and technology, and will ensure that creators, owners and distributors worldwide will have the formidable tools necessary to protect their valuable content,” Chang said.

Founder Jonathan Friend made the announcement. He’ll now serve as Chief Product Officer.

Friend said, “As we continue to innovate with groundbreaking solutions that our valued customers and partners have come to expect, now is the time to transition to our next leader and we are thrilled to welcome Derek to the helm of Friend MTS. With deep expertise in the global sports and entertainment space, Derek brings invaluable insight to leveraging technology to create an impactful footprint for an ever-evolving media and content ecosystem.”

Prior to leading NBA China’s business, Chang was Head of International Lifestyle Channels for Scripps Networks Interactive and had served as EVP/Content for DirecTV.

He also held senior roles for Charter Communications, the YES Network and TCI Communications. Chang currently serves on the board of directors for Liberty Media Corp. and Isos Acquisition Corp.