Ascent Media has added Carol Owens to its EMEA business development team as director of strategic engagements.

In her new role Owens, who joins from Serco Solutions, will be developing strategic accounts, partnerships and media service innovation for Ascent Media.

She has spent her entire career in the media industry, starting out as a documentary film editor at the BBC before moving into resource management and technology innovation consulting.

She is probably best known for her pioneering work on metadata and media asset management, launching the BBC's data model SMEF and leading the European Broadcasting Union's P/Meta project.

Owens has been recognized in the broadcast industry with a UK Royal Television Society Innovation Award in 2000 and an RTS Fellowship in 2001.