London, England and San Francisco, CA. —1 March 2016 — blinkx PLC (blinkx or the “Company”), today announces two changes to its Board of Directors.
blinkx is pleased to appoint Ms. Andrea Lee Cunningham (“Andy”), age 59, as an Independent Non-executive Director, effective 1 March 2016. In addition, Mr. Anthony Bettencourt, former Chairman of the Board and current Non-executive Director, has informed the Company of his intention to step down from the Board of Directors as at 31 March 2016.
Based in Palo Alto, California, 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, including 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 Lucent Technologies) and Deem (formerly Rearden Commerce), and as CEO of several organizations, including Bite, CXO Communication and Citigate Cunningham.
Ms. Cunningham currently serves on several boards, including 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.
“Andy brings highly relevant corporate and product marketing, brand management and strategic communication skills to the blinkx Board, as our business continues to evolve within a competitive and dynamic Industry,” said Raj Chellaraj, Non-executive Chairman of blinkx. “Andy’s expertise in building world class brands and products, and unique experience positioning emerging technologies at the forefront of their categories, will be invaluable as we refine our growth and positioning strategy in line with emerging advertiser, consumer and content owner requirements. We are thrilled to welcome Andy to the Board.”
“Andy is a rare and talented professional at the intersection of technology and marketing who has successfully spearheaded high-profile product launches within fast-emerging categories,” said S. Brian Mukherjee, CEO of blinkx. “We could not be more excited about her joining the blinkx Board. In addition, we extend our thanks to Anthony Bettencourt for his immeasurable contributions over nearly nine years of service on the Board. Anthony has left his imprint on the Company, having helped to chart its course from startup to leader in the digital advertising sector. We wish him all the best and consider him an enduring friend of the Company.”
blinkx confirms there is no other information required to be disclosed pursuant to Schedule 2 paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules.
blinkx (LSE AIM: BLNX) is an Internet media company that connects consumers and brands through premium content online. Founded in 2004 in the UK, blinkx pioneered Internet Video Search using speech recognition, text and image analysis to deeply understand the meaning and context of video content to generate improved search relevancy for consumers and a brand safe environment for advertisers. Through the RhythmOne trade entity, the Company works with advertisers, publishers and content providers to offer fully integrated, cross-screen advertising solutions, spanning desktop and mobile video, rich media, display and native formats. The long-term vision for RhythmOne is to democratize consumer access to digital content globally and, in doing so, create a thriving ecosystem that is respectful of consumer choice, impactful for advertisers, sustainable for content owners and efficient at scale. blinkx is headquartered in San Francisco, California with offices worldwide. For more information please visit www.blnx.com.
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