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Governance

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

 

Eric Singer | Non-Executive Chairman

Based in New York, Eric currently serves as the Non-Executive Chairman of RhythmOne plc. (LSE AIM: RTHM). Eric brings extensive business, corporate development and financial experience across various industries, and was instrumental in helping to negotiate the YuMe transaction with RhythmOne. He has several years of experience as a director on multiple boards, including as the Chairman of the Board of YuMe since May 2016. Eric currently serves on the boards of Quantum Corp., a provider of data storage solutions, and Support.com, Inc., a provider of cloud-based software and services. Since May 2014, Eric has served as the managing member of each of VIEX GP, VSO GP II, and VIEX Capital Advisors, LLC. Previously, Eric held various positions at Potomac Capital Management II and Potomac Capital Management III, and its related entities, and was a senior investment analyst at Riley Investment Management, LLC and before that, he managed private portfolios for Alpine Resources, LLC. Eric holds a B.A. in American Studies from Brandeis University.

Raj Chellaraj | Non-Executive Director

Based in Palo Alto, California, Raj currently serves as a Non-Executive Director 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.

Ted Hastings | Executive Director

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 | Non-Executive Director

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.

John Mutch | Non-Executive Director

John Mutch joined the Board of Directors in February of 2018 as a Non-Executive Director. John brings extensive business, corporate leadership and financial expertise across various industries, including experience serving as chief executive officer of several companies within the software and IT industries. John served on the YuMe board of directors since July 2017. From 2008 to 2017, Mr. Mutch served as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of BeyondTrust Software, a privately held security software company focused on privilege identity management solutions sold into the Global 2000 IT infrastructure market. Currently, he is managing partner and founder of MV Advisors, LLC, a strategic block investment firm. In addition, he is a member of the board of directors of Maxwell Technologies, Inc., an energy storage and power delivery solutions company, the chairman of the board of Aviat Networks, Inc., a global supplier of microwave networking solutions and a member of the board of directors of Agilysys Networks, Inc., a provider of hospitality software and solutions. John holds a B.S. in Applied Economics from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and resides in Ranch Sante Fe, California.

Mark Opzoomer | Non-Executive Director

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.

Ed Reginelli | Executive Director

Ed Reginelli has been a member of the board of directors of RhythmOne and Chief Financial Officer since September 29, 2017 and brings over 20 years of managing all aspects of financial accounting, controls, analysis, operations and reporting in complex corporate environments. Before rejoining RhythmOne, he was chief financial officer at Milestone Technologies Inc. from January 2017 to September 2017. Mr. Reginelli was chief financial officer at RhythmOne from December 2012 to January 2017. Prior to this he held other senior financial roles at Purple Communications, Inc., Burke Industries, Inc., Compass Aerospace, PPG Industries and Nestle USA. Mr. Reginelli holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from John Carroll University, Ohio and is a registered Certified Public Accountant.