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Board of Directors
Based in Palo Alto, California, Raj currently serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of RhythmOne. 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, a Blackstone Group Company; he also held various management, finance, operations and planning roles at Exxon Corporation, Strategic Analysis Inc. and FMC Corporation. 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, 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 Board. Before founding blinkx, Suranga was an early employee at Autonomy Corporation – joining as an engineer in the Cambridge R&D team and ultimately serving as the company’s US CTO in San Francisco.
Suranga has a 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 building world class brands, helping to accelerate commercial growth, increase shareholder value and advance corporate reputation. She currently serves as founder and president of Cunningham Collective, a brand strategy firm dedicated to bringing innovation to market. The firm has worked with numerous premier brands in various sectors including telecommunications, search, energy, media and publishing, finance, mobile, healthcare and big data.
Andy began her career at Regis McKenna and helped Steve Jobs and Apple launch the Macintosh computer in 1984. When Jobs left Apple to form NeXT and acquire Pixar, he selected Andy to represent him for several years. Following her work with NeXT, Andy has focused on marketing, branding and communication strategies for game-changing technologies and companies. She directed product launches within a number of emerging categories such as video games, personal computers, desktop publishing, digital imaging, microprocessors, software, performance jet aviation and clean technology. Andy has previously served as CMO for both Avaya (formerly a part of Lucent Technologies and AT&T) and Deem (formerly Rearden Commerce), and as CEO of several organizations namely - Bite Communications, CXO Communication and Citigate Cunningham.
Ms. Cunningham currently serves on several boards: Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc., Finelite, Inc., The Aspen Institute, Menlo College, Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, and ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network. Her past board positions include the international board of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the Northern California chapter of the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO), the international board of Chief Executives Organization (CEO), the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and the Computer History Museum. She is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and holds memberships in WPO, CEO, TED and Women Corporate Directors. Andy holds a BA from Northwestern University.
Ted Hastings 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 25 years of executive management, engineering, marketing, strategy, M&A and Board-level experiences to RhythmOne. Ujjal cofounded and led Mountain View-headquartered Rhythm NewMedia (“Rhythm”) as CEO, before its acquisition by blinkx 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.
Ujjal is currently the CEO of Preact, a SaaS company in predictive analytics, 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, and was part of the Executive team there. AirTouch merged with Vodafone (LSE: VOD) in a $60 Billion 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.
Brian is the Chief Executive Officer of RhythmOne (LSE: RTHM). With a strong strategy, operations and engineering background, Brian has helped build and transform several public and private technology and media businesses globally. Brian joined the Company in 2011 through the acquisition of Prime Visibility Media Group, Inc. (PVMG), where he was the President & CEO. Before PVMG, Brian was the Senior Vice President & Group Managing Director of Miva, Inc. (NASDAQ: MIVA), responsible for the turnaround and eventual sale of its global Media Division. Earlier in his career, Brian held executive, staff and line management positions at several Private Equity and Venture-backed Internet, mobile and software companies where he played pivotal roles in building high performance teams, accelerating growth and profitability, raising capital, mergers, acquisitions and exits. Brian started his career as an engineer and a strategy consultant. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Strategic Pharma Solutions, LLC and Inflexxion, Inc. Brian holds B.E. (Honors) and M.S. (Honors) degrees in Engineering, and an M.B.A. (Honors) from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
Mark Opzoomer has extensive knowledge of Internet, communications and media markets in many different countries and 25 years of corporate operating and dealmaking experience. Mark is currently a partner in Bond Capital Partners, a Non-Executive Director of Entertainment One Limited, NonExecutive Chairman of Somo Global Limited, and adviser at Forward Internet Group Limited. Previous non-executive directorships include Web Reservations International Limited, Newbay Software Limited, Autonomy plc and Miva Inc. Previous operating experience includes CEO of Rambler Media Limited, regional Vice-President of Yahoo! Europe, 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.