Dirk-Willem van Gulik appointed BBC Future Media & Technology Chief Technical Architect
Erik Huggers, BBC Future Media and Technology Group Controller, has appointed Dirk-Willem van Gulik as the division's Chief Technical Architect.
Dirk-Willem, who takes up his post in early February, will be responsible for the design and construction of the BBC's next generation back-end infrastructure to support all interactive services including bbc.co.uk, BBCi and BBC Mobile.
Dirk-Willem joins the BBC from the online video service Joost, where he was Chief Technology Officer and played an integral role in building the company's platforms and technologies.
Dirk-Willem is a recognised contributor to the Open Source Community and has been a board member of the Apache Software Foundation since its inception.
Prior to this, Dirk-Willem was Vice-President of Engineering and Research for Cavalant Technologies and has worked for the European Commission and the United Nations.
Erik Huggers said: "The BBC recognises that IP-connectivity is quickly moving beyond the personal computer. This appointment signals our commitment to providing licence-fee payers access to BBC content however they want it.
"Dirk-Willem has made significant contributions to the development of the internet. His knowledge and expertise will be of great advantage to the BBC and the industry. It is a pleasure to welcome him to our division and I look forward to working with him."
Dirk-Willem added: "I am excited to join the world's largest broadcasting corporation and hope to play a significant role in influencing how consumers find, play and share our world-class content."
Zavisa Bjelogrlic has joined the BBC's Future Media and Technology division as Head of Technology for the Internet Group.
Zavisa was CEO of Asemantics and will be responsible for product roadmaps and delivery and will report to Tony Ageh, BBC Controller of Internet.
Prior to setting up Asemantics in 2003 (whose clients include Skype, Joost and the BBC), Zavisa set up Web Bridges and spent seven years in Rome developing web support systems for telecom operators, network monitoring and analysis software.