Belfast - Apr 30, 2007 - Quentin Howard, chief executive of Digital One and president of the World DMB Forum, has joined the board of directors of APT in a non-executive capacity. Howard's board-level experience includes intellectual property licensing, which dates back to 2000 when he became actively involved in the evolution of the DAB semiconductor market through a joint venture between Digital One and Imagination Technologies. The DAB silicon chip development resulted in the formation of Frontier Silicon supplier of DAB receiver modules to OEM and ODM manufacturers.
Howard is an electrical and electronics graduate and has worked in UK commercial radio since the mid-1970s, holding numerous key positions including director of engineering at GWR Group where he pioneered many technological firsts in the UK, including satellite distribution, digital studios, computer play-out systems, audio processing and integrated comms/IT networks. Howard built Classic FM's studios and national FM transmitter network and subsequently received the radio industry's Sony Gold Award in recognition of these technical achievements.
Howard is also the founder of Digital One, which was awarded the UK's first national DAB multiplex licence and began transmission in 1999. The company broadcasts eight national digital radio services and five mobile TV services.
Howard was elected president of the World DAB Forum in 2005. He served as a member of the World DAB steering board for nine years and is on the board of the UK's Digital Radio Development Bureau (DRDB). World DAB, now renamed World DMB Forum, oversees the interests of 130 member companies and organizations from 40 countries.