Mountain View, Calif.—May 19, 2011, Ooyala, Inc., www.ooyala.com, the leading video technology and services company, today announced the appointment of Russ Pillar to the company’s Board of Directors.
“We are fortunate and energized to have Russ join our board,” said Jay Fulcher, Ooyala’s President and CEO. "Ooyala is setting its sights on driving the next generation of video broadcasting for connected devices. Russ's expertise in growing and monetizing media businesses will be invaluable as we continue to scale our business globally.”
Russ Pillar has led the digital media evolution at a number of leading media companies as president and/or CEO of the Viacom Digital Media Group, the CBS Internet Group, the Virgin Entertainment Group, and Prodigy Internet. He has served as a director of nearly two dozen leading private and publicly-traded media and digital media companies and currently is Managing Partner of The 5850 Group and Senior Advisor to The Raine Group, both growth capital investors in consumer-facing businesses that use digital media to drive consumer engagement.
“Ooyala sits at the intersection of several important trends in global media,” Pillar said. “Its focus on analytics, monetization and personalization across multiple devices positions it to become an essential part of the media conversation for many years to come.”
Russ Pillar graduated Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude from Brown University with an A.B. in East Asian Studies. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a director of leading national non-profit organizations Heal the Bay and Running USA.