In his new role, Wheeler will be tasked with formulating a single strategy across the group’s technology teams within architecture, broadcast engineering, IT infrastructure, programme management, service delivery and software engineering.
Wheeler joins SIS from management solutions company Xplor, where he served as chief product and technology officer for just under two years.
Prior to this, Wheeler was chief product officer at unleashed software for nine months and he also spent over five years with Sky TV New Zealand, serving in roles such as chief product and technology officer.
Wheeler’s other roles included strategy and marketing director at Interxion, vice president of global media and entertainment at TATA Communications, director of digital media at BT and head of IT for BskyB.
“The growth journey of SIS has been fascinating to see from the outside and I look forward to working alongside a talented team that has made rapid progress in extending its offering in recent times,” Wheeler said.
“SIS has made great strides in expanding internationally and my role is to lead the way in shaping a future-proofed technological strategy that can continue to meet the needs of our operator partners.”
SIS chief executive Richard Ames added: “Julian’s vast experience in broadcasting and within large-scale organisations makes him an invaluable addition to the business and our leadership team.
“He will lead our technical strategy as we continue to expand into new markets with a comprehensive range of products covering a breadth of verticals. His knowledge and expertise will have significant benefits for our business and will sharpen our technological capabilities.”
The appointment comes after SIS in October appointed two new non-executive directors to support its expansion plans in the US market.
Laila Mintas, CEO of PlayUp USA, and Giovanna D’Esposito, general manager for Uber in Southern Europe, were both handed roles with SIS.