Rovi appoints Pete Thompson as EVP and COO
With more than 20 years of experience in building new businesses and product categories across a range of industries and technologies, Mr. Thompson has managed dozens of product launches.
He also brings broad leadership experience to Rovi, having run global organizations of engineering, sales, marketing, operations, and customer support teams.
At Ericsson, Mr. Thompson was senior vice president of the Mediaroom Business Group, where he was responsible for defining the future of home entertainment through the development of products that appealed to consumers, producers and carriers.
He has also held a number of senior leadership positions at Microsoft, including corporate vice president, Microsoft Mediaroom; senior general manager, Xbox LIVE; and general manager, Microsoft Surface.
Most recently, Mr. Thompson served as vice president, strategic partnerships at Sonos, where he built an organization to launch a developer platform for music services, music apps and home management providers.
Earlier in his career, he was at T-Mobile as executive director, HotSpot and he served in several roles with increasing responsibility at HP.
Additionally, Mr. Thompson has Board of Director experience serving on the Boards of Sigma Designs and SeaWell Networks, which was acquired by ARRIS.
He received a Bachelor’s Degree in international economics from the University of California Los Angeles and a Masters in Management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Concurrent with Mr. Thompson’s appointment, John Burke, executive vice president, will move into a strategic advisor role through the end of the year to provide a seamless transition and assist the company in the initial stages of integration and execution of its synergy plans.
Mr. Burke is not able to relocate from the East Coast for personal reasons and has made the decision to leave Rovi. ■
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