Comcast's thePlatform appoints co-CEOs

Michelle Clancy | 09 May 2014

Comcast subsidiary thePlatform has announced that Marty Roberts and Jamie Miller have been appointed as co-CEOs.

Ian Blaine, co-founder of the multiscreen TV enablement company, will transition from CEO to strategic advisor to the company from 20 June.

"Marty and Jamie are exceptional leaders, with the proven background, vision and passion to guide thePlatform into the future," said Sam Schwartz, chief business development officer of Comcast Cable. "Over the years, thePlatform has played an important role in the growth of multiscreen video for both Comcast and the broader industry, and I am confident that will continue under the leadership of Marty and Jamie."

Roberts and Miller will jointly manage overall corporate strategy and execution, but each will also focus on specific areas of functional responsibility.

Most recently, Roberts served as senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at thePlatform. As co-CEO, he will add to his responsibilities the leadership of the company's engineering and technology activities. Alan Ramaley, CTO, and Mike Horwitz, senior vice president of engineering will both report to Roberts. Prior to joining thePlatform in 2006, Roberts served in leadership positions at and RealNetworks.

Miller most recently served as COO and CFO at thePlatform, overseeing the company's administrative organisations, as well as ownership of the company's consulting services business. In his role as co-CEO, he will add to those responsibilities oversight of expansion in Europe and the Middle East. Simon McGrath, general manager of Europe will report to Miller.

Before joining thePlatform in 2010, Miller was the president of the desktop division of blinx and served as the CFO and COO of Microsoft's largest US business applications consultancy.

"I've spent a third of my life focused on thePlatform, and I'm making this transition now because I can do so on a high note, and with the confidence that the company will continue its success under the leadership of Marty and Jamie," said Blaine. "Marty and Jamie have proven that they can grow the business, maintain our culture and chart new territory, which were essential prerequisites for succession planning. Together with the rest of our remarkably talented team, I know they will continue to serve our customers and partners with utmost devotion."