April 24, 2017 (Pittsburgh, PA)
NEP Group Inc. (‘NEP’) and the wider broadcasting industry are mourning the loss of colleague and friend, Keith Andrews.
Mr. Andrews passed away suddenly on Saturday from a heart attack while at home in Australia on vacation. He had been part of the NEP family for seven years – joining as CEO of the Australian business in 2010 and, most recently, was President and Chief Operating Officer of NEP Group.
NEP Group CEO Kevin Rabbitt paid tribute to Mr. Andrews, saying: “Keith was one of the key architects in building the NEP Worldwide Network. He will be missed by our entire team.
“Beyond being a great leader, Keith was a great person, living his life with passion and a will to win that was infectious. He and I were strong business partners, but even stronger friends.
“Like many others, I am better for having known him and will continue to emulate the qualities he lived every day.”
NEP Australia President Soames Treffry added: “Keith was an extraordinary leader and friend. His unwavering positivity, support and belief in the team both drove the business and inspired so many colleagues to grow and excel.
“Keith mentored, advised and cared deeply for us all. His death is as unfathomable as his contribution to us professionally and personally was immense.
NEP Chairwoman Deb Honkus added: “Our hearts and deepest sympathies are with Keith’s wife Frances, his son Edward, daughter Eloise and son-in-law Hugh in this impossibly sad time.”
Details of memorial arrangements will be forthcoming.
Keith Andrews forged an extensive international career, primarily in technology-related businesses. His various executive roles spanned publicly listed and private sector companies in the U.S., Australia and Asia. Mr. Andrews’ expertise as a non-executive director was also highly sought-after: he was an accredited facilitator, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and member of the Queensland University of Technology Business School’s CEO Advisory Board.
Mr. Andrews was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of NEP Broadcasting in April of 2015, at which time he relocated to Pittsburgh from Sydney. Before that he spent five years as Chief Executive Officer of Global Television (now NEP Australia).
His prior executive roles included CEO of Viewlocity Technologies; interim CEO of Advanced Vehicle Technologies; CEO of ASX-listed company Integrated Research; and various roles in the U.S. and Asia with NYSE-listed Stratus Technologies. Mr. Andrews earned a business degree from Queensland University of Technology.
NEP provides the technology and know-how to enable clients to produce the world’s most prestigious live and broadcast events around the globe. The company is the leading worldwide provider of outsourced production solutions offering technical services for remote production, studio production, video display, host broadcasting, post production, premium playout, smart asset / media management, and multi-screen delivery. NEP’s more than 3,000 employees are driven by passion and a focus on technical innovation, and together they have supported productions in over 85 countries on all seven continents. NEP is headquartered in the United States and has offices in 21 countries.