ACTON, Mass., Oct. 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SeaChange International, Inc. (Nasdaq:SEAC), a leading global multi-screen video software company, today announced that the Board of Directors has unanimously appointed Jay Samit as Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. Samit will also become a member of the Board. Samit succeeds SeaChange's current CEO Raghu Rau.
"After a thorough and deliberate succession process, the Board of Directors is delighted that Jay will lead SeaChange as we build on our market leadership in multi-screen video and create shareholder value," said Thomas Olson, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "With more than thirty years of experience in digital video, Jay has a thorough understanding of the expanding landscape of video and has successfully deployed new technologies with leading media and telecommunication companies around the globe. Jay understands the needs of our current customers and his experience in digital video will enhance our ability to deliver for them in the future."
"It is a great honor to be leading SeaChange at a time when the promise of TV on any device is being realized," Jay Samit said. "With video usage expanding across cable, internet, telcos and mobile globally, I believe the opportunities for SeaChange to continue to power the growth of multi-screen video and advertising are substantial. I am excited to work with the team at SeaChange to continue to drive innovation, delight our customers and deliver superior operating results."
Samit was most recently president at ooVoo, a social video chat service with more than 100 million users. He was previously CEO of SocialVibe, a digital advertising technology company powering engagement for some of the world's top brands. Samit held senior executive roles with Sony and EMI, where he spearheaded these companies' digital media efforts. At Universal Studios, Samit built the first million-member social network for college students. Samit is also a serial entrepreneur, helping to innovate some of the first video technology with Intel and Microsoft, as well as launch the first multi-party video communications platform on mobile.
"SeaChange would like to express our appreciation to Raghu Rau for providing very effective leadership at a critical time in the company's history," noted Chairman Thomas Olson. "Raghu led the transformation of SeaChange to a software company, divested non-core business units and reduced operating expenses, while investing in next generation products. The development of our market-leading Adrenalin multi-screen platform and the successful introduction of our game-changing Nucleus video gateway software product took place under Raghu's direction. Raghu was the right person to lead SeaChange at a pivotal time and he deserves our thanks for his many accomplishments."
"I was privileged to have led SeaChange for almost three years and welcome Jay's appointment," said Raghu Rau. "His entrepreneurial leadership, experience with media companies and expertise in software, video technologies and digital advertising ideally position him to take SeaChange to the next level. I look forward to ensuring a smooth transition for the benefit of our customers, employees and shareholders."
About SeaChange International
Ranked among the top 250 software companies in the world, SeaChange International (Nasdaq:SEAC) enables transformative multi-screen video services through an open, cloud-based, intelligent software platform trusted by cable, telco and mobile operators globally. Personalized and fully monetized video experiences anytime on any device, in the home and everywhere, are the product of the Company's superior multi-screen, advertising and video gateway software products.
SeaChange's customers include many of the world's most powerful media brands including all major cable operators in the Americas and Europe, and the largest telecom companies in the world. Headquartered in Acton, Massachusetts, SeaChange is TL 9000 certified and has product development, support and sales offices around the world. Visit www.schange.com.
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Further information on factors that could cause actual results to differ from those anticipated is detailed in various publicly available documents made by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to, those appearing under the caption "Certain Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on April 4, 2014. Any forward-looking statements should be considered in light of those factors. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which speak as of the date they are made. The Company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any such statements to reflect any change in Company expectations or events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements may be based, or that may affect the likelihood that actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.
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