Cinelabs International has hired John Mahtani as Chief Financial Officer.

The former Warner Bros VP, who worked with that company for 18 years, joins the Cinelabs team this week.

“It is obvious to me that the need to support filmmakers’ has never been greater,” says Mahtani.

“Cinelabs is a niche operator with an international presence and aim to provide an invaluable service for filmmakers and content owners.

“My aim is to deliver a strong financial and commercial base enabling Cinelab to continue to grow and cultivate innovative solutions. It’s a very exciting time for me personally and I look forward to joining the team.”

CEO Rodrigo Ruiz added: “John and I first met 10 years ago and I learnt very quickly that he was a very smart negotiator!  His commercial abilities are first class and I am delighted to have John on our board as he will play a key role in executing our strategy”

Cinelabs, which provides photochemical laboratory services for film acquisition, deliverables and bulk distribution, has operations in London, Athens and Bucharest.