Steve Summersby has been named senior VP of sales and distribution Europe, for Univeral Pictures International (UPI).

Steve Summersby [pictured], currently MD for Paramount Home Entertainment in Benelux, will join UPI in April.

Based in London, Summersby will report to executive VP of distribution Duncan Clark.

Summersby replaces Niels Swinkels, who was promoted to MD of UPI U.K. and Ireland in 2010. 

“Steve is a terrific executive with a wealth of experience across multiple territories,” said Clark. “His hands on knowledge of the European market place will be invaluable for the company – we are delighted he is joining us.”