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Six Things You Might Not Know About Avid’s New CEO, Louis Hernandez Jr.

When Avid Technology CEO Gary Greenfield resigned on February 11, Avid's board appointed Louis Hernandez Jr., one of its own, to the company's top spot. Hernandez, the former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Open Solutions, a technology provider to global financial institutions, turns out to have a surprisingly interesting and varied mix of experiences and interests that dovetail nicely with Avid's technical and creative missions. 

1. He's been on the Avid board of directors since 2008, which means he should already know Avid customers well — and also what the company has been through during the difficult past few years of transitions and layoffs. 

2. He's an avid photographer.

3. He founded a nonprofit to help underprivileged kids in school and give them leadership training for future careers.

4. One of his favorite musical artists is Grammy-nominated Trombone Shorty.

5. While president of Open Solutions, he self-published two books about the financial crisis: Too Small to Fail and Saving the American Dream.

6. His former company was named one of the “25 Fastest-Growing Technology Companies” by Forbes in 2006 on a list that also included Google and eBay.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140589846 Larry Towers

    All of the insiders at Avid are useless. The only hope for them was an outsider with a fresh perspective. Hernandez, if you read anything he wrote, strictly boilerplate neocon lite. Not an innovative bone in his body.

  • http://twitter.com/SPI_tv_Media SPI Creative

    Looking forward to AVID’s direction. Please don’t forget about the masses that use AVID loyally that are self employed and entrepreneurs. We hope we’re AS important as the corporate client. Avid AVID fan since 1992.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andy-Stevens/652050235 Andy Stevens

    Take this one and run with it. Avid owns all rights to Avid Liquid which, IMHO, was by far the best NLE system period. They let it go down the tube because it was in direct competition with MC at a lower price point. Want to show innovation? Resurrect that puppy and get it back on the market.

    Andy