Founded in 2006 by Dr. Hui Zhang and Dr. Ion Stoica, Conviva has assembled a world-class team with a unique mix of capabilities led by seasoned experts who are passionate about changing the business of Internet TV Delivery.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
As Conviva’s co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Zhang brings 20 years of pioneering research experience to the design and build of the company’s media control platform. As a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Dr. Zhang has established himself as one of the world’s leading authorities on Internet Quality of Service (QoS), video streaming, network control and Internet architecture.
Dr. Zhang is credited with teaching and mentoring many computer network researchers who are now in industry (Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft) and academia (University of California, Berkeley, Rice, Purdue). In particular, he supervised Ion Stoica’s 2001 award-winning Ph.D. dissertation on Internet QoS. In addition, his End System Multicast (ESM) research group at CMU pioneered the overlay multicast architecture and developed the world’s first peer-to-peer live streaming system. His paper on ESM won the ACM SIGMETRICS Test of Time Award in 2012 for its significant impact on research, methodology, application and transfer in the last decade. His 4D research project advocated the network control architecture that separates control logic from data devices, and was the precursor to the Software Defined Networks (SDN) initiative.
Dr. Zhang was elected to be a Fellow of ACM in 2006 and received the Alfred Sloan Fellowship in 2000. He received the National Science Foundation Career Award in 1996 and held the Finmeccanica Chair in Computer Science at CMU from 1998 to 2001. Prior to co-founding Conviva, Dr. Zhang served as chief technology officer of Turin Networks from 2000 to 2003.
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
An accomplished scientist and author, Dr. Ion Stoica is Conviva’s co-founder and chief technology officer. He drives the technical advancement of the Conviva media and control platform.
Before co-founding Conviva in 2006, Dr. Stoica spent over 15 years involved in networking research with an emphasis on Quality of Service (QoS) and traffic management on the Internet. His research has led him to develop techniques and architectures that allow powerful and flexible network services to be deployed on the Internet, without compromising scalability. Furthermore, he has designed algorithms and systems with strong theoretical foundations in the areas of peer-to-peer and cloud computing that can be deployed in the real world.
Dr. Stoica received the ACM Best Dissertation Award for his Ph.D. thesis “Stateless Core: A Scalable Approach for Quality of Service in the Internet.” This highly coveted accolade is only bestowed on one recipient a year. Dr. Stoica’s other achievements include the IEEE William R. Bennett Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, The Presidential Early Career Award (PECASE), the Okawa Foundation Fellowship, and the 2007 CoNEXT Rising Star Award. He has created and led several workshops, and subsequently published books including Quality of Service and Peer to Peer Systems in 2003. Dr. Stoica continues his research today and mentors scientists as an Associate Professor of Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley. Over the past 15 years, he has co-authored over 100 papers and technical reports.
He holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Chief Product Officer
Aditya Ganjam, Chief Product Officer at Conviva, is currently responsible for leading and growing the product management team, driving the product strategy for Conviva's industry-leading experience management platform.
As a founding member of the Conviva team, Mr. Ganjam has spent his entire professional careerat Conviva, holding progressively more key engineering roles. Most recently, he was Conviva’s Chief Architect and led product definition, technology strategy, and new product incubation.Prior to that, he was a lead engineer and team lead for several areas within Conviva's engineering team.
Before joining Conviva, Mr Ganjam was a Ph.D. student in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, where, as a member of the End System Multicast project, he contributed to the building of the world’s first peer-to-peer live streaming system. Mr Ganjam earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Chief Financial Officer
Scott brings over 24 years experience in leading finance organizations for both private and public high growth technology companies. He has extensive experience in delivering outstanding financial results and has successfully managed Initial Public Offerings and mergers and acquisitions.
Scott has implemented scaleable financial and administrative infrastructure in growing companies, expanded international operations, helped develop strategic partnerships and joint ventures and has driven organizational development during critical transition periods. He has served as Chief Financial Officer since 1992 at many companies including Transphorm, Scintera, Luxim, Cradle, SOMA Networks, PLX Technology, and KLA-Tencor.
Scott holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a B.S. Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University.
Chief Marketing Officer
Ed Haslam is a strategic marketing executive with substantial experience in digital media, network infrastructure and enterprise software. Ed has been the founding marketing executive of many other venture-backed technology companies, responsible for launching the product, company, and brand, along with developing the channel to market, building international teams and overall corporate strategy.
Most recently Ed was head of marketing at YuMe through its IPO and lead re-branding efforts at ShareThis and PlaceIQ. For the past decades, Ed has served in leadership roles at successful networking and database companies, including co-founder at Ludic Labs, VP of Product Marketing for Orbital Data, VP Product Marketing at Composite Software and Director of Product Management and Chief Strategist for Inktomi Corporation. He also held product management positions at Red Brick Systems and Sybase, and has served as a consultant for numerous startup projects and venture capital firms.
Ed holds a B.S. in Structural Engineering, an M.S. in Systems Engineering, and ABD in Operations Research from Purdue University.
Brad comes to Conviva from Synopsys where he had many roles over his ten years in the Legal department, most recently as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel focusing on commercial transactions and IP. Prior to Synopsys, Brad had his own legal consulting practice serving Silicon Valley technology companies.
Earlier in his career, Brad was an attorney with Cadence Design Systems and the law firm Cooley Godward (now Cooley LLP).
Chief Operating Officer
Samir has over 25 years of experience in eCommerce, digital Media, Pay TV, Consumer Electronics and Telecom industries, working both as senior leaders in innovative companies such as Amazon, Motorola and Nagra, and as founders of several startup companies, including successful startup such as 4thpass and Keetli.
Prior to joining Conviva, as a Vice President at Amazon, Samir was responsible for strategy, design, development, product management, big data analytics and operations of Amazon's digital Content and Commerce platform. The digital Content and Commerce Platform was responsible for driving multi-billion in revenues across all of Amazon’s digital offerings — Prime subscriptions, eBooks, Periodicals, Audio books, Digital Music, Digital Video, Cloud drive, Application Store and Digital Video and Software Games. Prior to joining Amazon, Samir was Senior Vice president of Digital TV Solutions at Nagra, a Swiss public company, where he drove design and development of innovative products and user experiences enabling end-to-end, multi-screen, live and on-demand television solutions delivered over Satellite, Cable and the Internet. He also integrated and restructured a publicly traded company OpenTV, after its acquisition by Nagra and redefined its technology and product vision to create its Connected Home solution offerings.
Before its acquisition by Nagra, at his startup Keetli, Samir built Home Edge Gateway terminating cable and satellite video delivery to drive Internet Protocol (IP) video consumption over multiple devices distributed in Home Cloud in urban and emerging markets. His previous startup, 4thpass, pioneered the download and delivery of digital content and applications on mobile phones and was acquired by Motorola. After acquisition, he spent 5 years at Motorola, where he setup design and development centers in nine countries and led multiple strategic, fiscal, technical and operational initiatives related to its set-top box and gateway businesses.
Samir holds Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Sardar Patel University (Gujarat, India) and Masters in Computer Software Telecommunications Engineering from Widener University.
VP, HR & Workplace
Lan Nguyen is the head of Global Human Resources and Facilities at Conviva. She is responsible for overseeing global strategy and operations for People and Workplace. As a strategic human resources leader, Lan has experience in aligning strategic business plan into HR strategy and operations to achieve corporate objectives. Prior to joining Conviva, she served at LiveOps where she managed the recruiting growth from less than 100 to well over 400+ employees, including as a HR lead in domestic and international acquisitions, designed and implemented global HR operations and people programs to support the aggressive growth.
SVP, Global Sales
Sean is a revenue driven sales and business development executive with a consistent track record of success and 18-years of experience. Prior to joining Conviva, Mr. St. Clair was Chief Revenue Officer at Quantifind, a big data SaaS technology company in Silicon Valley.
His prior roles have included Vice President of Sales and Business Development at advertising technology and analytics companies. Earlier in his career, Mr. St. Clair was on the founding team of eBay Motors, a $14 billion a year global business, responsible for US Sales.
Chief Strategy Officer
As Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Zubchevich is responsible for Product, Marketing, Corporate Development and Partnerships/Alliances, shaping the company’s product and marketing vision and strategies, as well as pursuing partnership opportunities within the video ecosystem and beyond. With a proven track record of driving company success, he brings a wealth of leadership expertise and functional capabilities to the role. He has held a range of executive positions, from Sales and Marketing to Corporate and Business Development, across a variety of industry-leading technology companies, as well as emerging start-ups.
Prior to joining Conviva in 2008, Mr. Zubchevich was Vice President of Business Development at Riverbed Technology, where he was instrumental in developing the industry leader’s go-to-market strategy and key partner relationships as the company went public. Previously, as Director of Operations at Cisco, he was responsible for storage-switching and optical solutions for both the Sales and Worldwide Channels groups, and led the launch of Cisco’s MDS storage networking technology effort, which garnered revenues of $244 million in two years. Prior to Cisco, Mr. Zubchevich was a Regional Vice President with McDATA, where he was a member of the core team that designed and implemented the company’s sales and channel coverage model. Earlier in his career, Mr. Zubchevich held sales management roles in the open systems divisions of Digital Equipment Corporation and StorageTek.
Mr. Zubchevich holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from San Diego State University.
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