Who Is ChyronHego’s New CEO?


There’s a change at the top at Vector Capital portfolio company ChyronHego, with the move finalized on January 8.

As former President/CEO Johan Apel steps aside to focus on the company’s sports solutions as executive chairman of the board, Marco Lopez has joined the Melville, Long Island (New York)-based company as CEO.

Lopez joins ChyronHego from Grass Valley, where he most recently served as president.

Explaining the shift in command at ChyronHego, Apel said, “In recent years, ChyronHego has made tremendous inroads in the sports world, [including] in-stadium media and sports tracking/analysis solutions. With the start of 2018, our investment in these sports solutions, such as the TRACAB tracking system, will bring fantastic opportunities to our customers by allowing them to achieve greater viewer engagement and retention. Furthermore, our virtualized software and IP-based solutions have now been proven in several broadcast environments and are ready to drive greater flexibility while reducing costs within any broadcast operation.”

Apel added that Lopez will be called on to “apply his deep experience and powerful leadership skills to grow our business amongst broadcast customers.”

Lopez was appointed president of Grass Valley in 2012, overseeing the company’s worldwide operations. He first joined Miranda Technologies in 2005 as vice president of product development, driving product management across Miranda’s entire product portfolio. During the ensuing years, Lopez took on additional, broader responsibilities that included research and development, product strategy, and customer support as a product unit vice president. In 2010, he was named senior vice president, continuing in that role through the company’s acquisition by Belden Inc. in 2012.

Prior to joining Miranda, Lopez served 11 years in the video products group of Matrox Electronics, most recently as senior director of sales and marketing.