Brightcove names former top Comcast video exec to board

Michelle Clancy | 10-01-2014

Former Comcast senior vice president and general manager of video and entertainment services, Derek Harrar, has joined the Brightcove board of directors.

"We are thrilled to welcome Derek Harrar to the board of directors as we expand our focus on solving the unique challenges facing broadcasters and TV programmers today," said David Mendels, CEO at Brightcove. "Derek is a seasoned and recognised industry insider who brings a strong customer perspective to our board. We look forward to his input as we embark on an exciting year ahead."

Harrar has led Comcast's flagship video business, including basic and digital cable, HD, video on-demand and DVR services. He joined Comcast in 2004 as vice president of business development and was later named vice president of subscriber equipment, followed by vice president of video product management. Prior to joining Comcast, Harrar was co-founder and vice president of business development for MegaSense, a start-up in Silicon Valley, and an investment banker for Morgan Stanley in Silicon Valley and New York.

"It's an exciting time to join Brightcove's board as the company expands its commitment to the media industry with the recent transaction with Unicorn Media," said Harrar. "Addressing delivery and monetisation of online video with one suite of cloud services represents another example of a great team proactively evolving a world-class company to lead in the dynamic, rapid-growth online video sector. I look forward to contributing to the company's success going forward."