RhythmOne is committed to maintaining a set of the highest corporate governance practices that allocate rights and responsibilities among the company's stockholders.
Board of Directors
Based in Palo Alto, California, Raj currently serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of RhythmOne plc. (LSE AIM: RTHM) He also serves as Associate Dean for Finance and Administration at the Stanford Business School and as the Chief Operating Officer at the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED). Prior to joining Stanford University, Raj held several senior government positions. Most recently, he was the Assistant Secretary of State for Administration in the United States Department of State, to which he was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. Previously, he was a Senior Executive Officer at the United States Mint in Washington DC. In addition to his public sector expertise, Mr. Chellaraj has several years of senior corporate leadership experience, most recently as Vice President, Planning, at Hostess Brands Corporation, part of Ripplewood Holdings, where he was a member of the CEO’s Senior Leadership Team. Earlier, he served as Director of Corporate Development at Celanese Corporation (NYSE: CE), a Blackstone Group Company. He also held various management, finance, operations and planning roles at Exxon Corporation (NYSE: XOM), Strategic Analysis
Inc. and FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC). Raj holds an M.P.A. in Business and Government Policy from Harvard University, an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Madras University, India.
Suranga is a General Partner at Balderton Capital. He was previously an entrepreneur and engineer. Suranga founded blinkx (LSE AIM: BLNX), the intelligent search engine for video and audio content, in Cambridge in 2004. He then led the company for eight years as CEO through its journey of moving to San Francisco, building a profitable business and going public in London. He continues to serve on the RhythmOne plc (LSE AIM: RTHM) Board. Before founding blinkx, Suranga was an early employee at Autonomy Corporation (LSE: AU)—joining as an engineer in the Cambridge R&D team and ultimately serving as the company’s US CTO in San Francisco. Suranga also serves on the boards of Banjo, Contentful, Dalia Research, Tab Media and Vivino.
Suranga has an M.A. in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. He holds patents in the areas of video discovery and online video advertising, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2012, and was chosen as one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in 2009.
Andy brings over thirty years’ experience in creating and executing marketing, branding and communication strategies that accelerate growth, increase shareholder value and advance corporate reputation. She is the founder and president of Cunningham Collective, a brand strategy firm dedicated to bringing innovation to market, and has played a key role in the launch of a number of new categories that include: video games, personal computers, desktop publishing, digital imaging, RISC microprocessors, software as a service, very light jets, and clean tech investing. Andy began her career in 1983 working for Regis McKenna and helped Steve Jobs launch the Macintosh. When Steve left Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) to form NeXT and acquire Pixar, he selected Andy’s public relations agency, Cunningham Communication, to represent him.
Andy serves on the following corporate boards: Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc., Finelite, Inc., GrowthPlay, LLC, and RhythmOne plc (LSE AIM: RTHM). Andy also advises the following companies: Virta Health, AirPR, Traackr, MixR, OptzzChain and Wellomics. In addition, Andy sits on the boards of the following institutions and non-profit organizations: The Aspen Institute, Menlo College, Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, and ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network. Past board affiliations include YPO, WPO, CEO, the Peninsula Open Space Trust and the Computer History Museum. She is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and holds memberships in WPO, CEO, TED and Women Corporate Directors.
Ted Hastings is the Chief Executive Officer of RhythmOne plc (LSE AIM: RTHM). He joined the RhythmOne Board of Directors in 2017 as an Executive Director, and brings significant digital advertising, publishing and ad-tech experience to the Board. Most recently, he served as the CEO of Perk Inc, the mobile-first supply side rewards and engagement platform that was acquired by RhythmOne in January 2017. Prior to Perk, Ted served as CEO for Rebellion Media, a diversified digital media company, where he completed 13 acquisitions in the first two years of operation. Previously, he served as President at Geosign Corporation, which was subsequently sold to Moxy Media/Tsavo Media, a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Capital. As the President and CEO at these firms, Ted built out the executive teams, managed company restructuring and oversaw key financing and acquisition activities. Earlier in his career, Ted was CEO at sales and distribution software company Global Beverage Group. He began his career as an associate in the Audit division of Deloitte & Touche LLP in Canada.
Ted currently serves on the boards of Push Strength and Fongo. Previously, he served on the boards of Maintenance Assistant, Coreworx, Brick Brewing and Communitech. He was inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame as Intrepid award winner in 2010, and named to Canada’s Top 40 under 40 for 2009. He also served as head executive coach of HyperDrive, a $30 million venture fund located in Waterloo, Ontario. Ted holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Ujjal Kohli joined the Board of Directors in 2014 as a Non-Executive Director. Ujjal brings over twenty-five years of executive management, engineering, marketing, strategy, M&A and board level experiences to RhythmOne (LSE AIM: RTHM). Ujjal co-founded and led Mountain View-headquartered Rhythm NewMedia (“Rhythm”) as CEO, before its acquisition by RhythmOne plc in December 2013. Under his leadership, Rhythm emerged as a dominant mobile video technology and advertising platform for tablets and smartphones—working with ultra-premium media partners, including NBC Universal, CBS, ABC, Fox, and Warner Bros., as well as top brand advertisers, such as Disney, McDonald’s, General Motors, Ford, AT&T, Verizon, and Macy’s.
Most recently, Ujjal was the CEO of Preact Inc, a SaaS company in predictive analytics that was acquired by Spotify and before Rhythm, Ujjal co-founded and served as CEO of Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU). Prior to this he was EVP of Marketing and National Sales for AirTouch Cellular (NYSE: ATI), and was part of the Executive team there. AirTouch merged with Vodafone (LSE: VOD) in a $60B transaction in 1999.
Previously, Ujjal was a consultant with McKinsey and Company in London, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley. Mr. Kohli has also been an investor, advisor, and a previous Board member at several technology companies, including Magma Design Automation, Berkeley Networks, ByteMobile, Maverick Semiconductor, Convergenet, and WirelessHome. Ujjal holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a BTech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.
Mark Opzoomer has extensive knowledge of Internet, communications and media markets in many different countries and 25 years of corporate operating and deal making experience. Mark is currently a partner in Bond Capital Partners, a Non-Executive Director of Entertainment One Limited (LSE: ETO), Benross Golf Limited and Non-Executive Chairman of Somo Global Limited. Previous Non-Executive directorships include Web Reservations International Limited, Newbay Software Limited, Autonomy plc and Miva Inc. (NASDAQ: MIVA) Previous operating experience includes CEO of Rambler Media Limited, regional Vice-President of Yahoo! Europe (NASDAQ: YHOO), Deputy Chief Executive of Hodder Headline plc, Commercial and Finance Director of Sega Europe Ltd and Commercial Director of Virgin Communications Ltd. Mark qualified as a chartered accountant through the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and has an M.B.A. from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland.