Francis G. Luperella
President & CEO
As President & CEO, Francis is responsible for the strategic vision of the company and oversees all business units and day to day operations of the Azzurro Group which are comprised of: Azzurro SI and Azzurro HD, as well as providing strategic vision and developing new services.
Before forming Azzurro Group, he served as Senior Vice President, Global Operations for Ascent Media Network Services (AMNS), with facilities in metro New York, Minneapolis, Burbank, London and Singapore. In this capacity, Francis was responsible for program network origination, fiber & satellite distribution and post production around the world for customers including: Discovery Asia, MTV Asia, Nickelodeon Asia, A&E TV, YES Network, ABC, CBS, NFL Sunday Ticket, TVN, Court TV, History Channel, Biography Channel and FOX News Channel.
Francis led the group of assets under AMNS which included: Waterfront Communications, Atlantic Satellite, Group W-Stanford, Group W-Minneapolis, Group W-Asia, 4MC-Burbank, 4MC-Asia and TVN-London.
Prior to Ascent Media, Francis served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Waterfront Communications and Atlantic Satellite Communications (units of the Video Services Corporation) and was responsible for expanding Waterfront into the largest independent video switching facility as well as making Atlantic Satellite one of the most successful Teleports in the United States. He entered the media services industry after serving in senior financial management positions with Ericsson North America and Beirsdorf North America.
Mr. Luperella received both his undergraduate and MBA diplomas from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.