Activist Investor Heiland Become CEO at KIT Digital

Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 30 2012


KIT Digital said in a filing with the SEC that activist investor Peter Heiland has been appointed CEO of the company. 

Heiland, the managing director of JEC Capital Partners, replaces interim CEO Barak Bar-Cohen, who became CEO of KIT Digital in April 2012 following the departure of Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, who in his resignation letter cited difference with the company’s board of directors over strategic issues.

This is the second time in recent months that Heiland’s JEC Capital Partners has become involved with a broadcast technology company.  Earlier this year, JEC created activist shareholder drama at Miranda Technologies, which was ultimately sold to Belden – resulting in a tidy profit for JEC.

JEC Capital Partners, which owns 8 percent of KIT Digital, recently signed a “standstill agreement” with KIT.   Under the terms of the standstill agreement, Heiland and another activist investor were given KIT Digital board seats in exchange for supporting KIT digital’s Board, and refraining from taking “certain adverse actions” against KIT digital’s Board.



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