PRG has named Stephan Paridaen as CEO, effective January 3, 2022. Paridaen currently holds the role of president and COO at PRG, leading its operations in EMEA and APAC since 2010. Simultaneously, Jeremiah J. (Jere) Harris will become the company’s executive chairman and chief creative officer.

“There’s no one better prepared and able to lead the company than Stephan,” Harris said. “Since arriving at PRG 12 years ago, he has demonstrated an exceptional passion for our mission and has focused on the continual growth of our business in the EMEA and APAC regions, while improving our operations and expanding our offerings.”

As executive chairman and chief creative officer, Harris will work with and support Paridaen and the leadership team on “continued excellence” in areas that established the company in the first place.

Harris felt that the timing was right for the CEO transition. He said: “We are at an inflection point for the company, the industry and indeed the world. After leading the company through the most difficult period in our history, we are now on solid footing. There is still much work to do, and I am confident in Stephan’s ability to realise the tremendous opportunity ahead.”

Paridaen has led PRG’s growth in the EMEA region. Recent achievements include the development of new markets, such as e-sports; a network of digital and virtual production facilities across EMEA and APAC; and an expansion in the Middle East, a region actively positioning itself as a destination for entertainment and sports.

Before arriving at PRG, Paridaen was president, media and entertainment at Barco.

Paridaen said: “It is a true honour to lead a company as rich in legacy and innovation as PRG. Jere Harris was among the first to see the tremendous power of technology to transform how audiences engage with music, TV and film, theatre, corporate events and more, and his founding mission now has greater relevance than ever. PRG is uniquely positioned for growth with its industry-leading team of people and global resources.”