Tom Cotney is Chief Executive Officer of Imagine Communications, a global leader in multiscreen video and ad management solutions that broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on to support their mission-critical operations.
Cotney has spent more than two decades of his 30-year career partnering with, selling to and competing in the telecommunications and mobile technology industries. His impressive resume includes serving as General Manager of the Communications Sector at IBM Global Services, where he was responsible for nearly 8,500 employees and more than $1.5 billion in annual revenue. He has served twice as Chairman of the annual IBM Employee Charitable Campaign for the United Way, raising more than $3.5 million for their various causes.
Before joining Imagine, Cotney was CEO at cloud-based mobile messaging provider Mblox. Through a series of M&A transactions and operational consolidations, Cotney was instrumental in restoring the company’s brand and profitability, and by 2015, it was ranked number two in the world. Mblox was acquired the following year by the number one-ranked company in the space, Stockholm-based CLX Communications.
Prior to his tenure with Mblox, Cotney served as CEO and board member for a number of privately held companies, including Air2Web, a company founded in the Atlanta Technology Development Center by the Carlyle Group. There, Cotney delivered a 100% return on equity invested by Carlyle after three years of operation in a sale to a buyer from the European Union in 2011.
Cotney graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, and has completed executive programs in Strategic Execution and Negotiation at the Harvard Business and Law schools respectively.
Steve Reynolds is President of Imagine Communications, a global leader in multiscreen video and ad management solutions that broadcasters, networks, video service providers and enterprises around the world rely on to support their mission-critical operations.
Reynolds brings more than 25 years of technology leadership in the cable industry to Imagine Communications. At Comcast, he served as Senior Vice President of Premises Technology, overseeing the strategy, roadmap and development of all technologies employed in service delivery to the customer premises. Prior to Comcast, Reynolds was Senior Vice President of Technology at OpenTV Incorporated, a world leader in digital and interactive television technology.
His cable industry experience also includes executive positions at ACTV Incorporated and Intellocity USA. Reynolds was a member of the technical team at TV Guide, leading development of the industry’s first interactive program guide for digital cable set-tops.
Reynolds earned a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Widener University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from West Chester University. Reynolds is a member of the SCTE and has participated in numerous standards-making bodies in the cable and digital video industries. He holds over two dozen patents relating to digital video, interactive television and digital devices.
Dr. Glodina Connan-Lostanlen is Chief Operating Officer, Imagine Communications Playout & Networking Solutions, responsible for Sales, Service, Operations, R&D and Product Management for Playout & Networking.
During her 18-year tenure with the company, she has held a variety of senior sales, marketing and technology roles, such as leading strategic solution sales, product marketing and business development for IPTV and mobile TV. She also served as key account executive for large broadcast and telecommunications network operators in Europe & North Africa.
Dr. Connan-Lostanlen obtained a European PhD in Signal Processing and Telecommunications with Honors from Rennes University I, France, in collaboration with University College London
, and the Institute of Oceanography of Hamburg, Germany. She recently received an MBA from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.
Prior to her PhD studies, Dr. Connan-Lostanlen earned a Master of Sciences in Microwave and Opto-Electronics with Distinction from University College London, UK, and a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with Honors from the National Institute for Applied Sciences of Rennes, France.
David Villano is Chief Technology Officer, Ad Tech, providing the vision and leadership to drive the business’s long-term technology strategy, Product Development, and Operations.
Villano brings to the role more than 25 years of experience in media and technology, and is widely respected as a thought leader in the video advertising space. Before joining Imagine, he was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Magnetic, an artificial intelligence company that uses machine learning to deliver smarter, faster, and more effective advertising.
Prior to that, Villano was CTO at Operative Media Inc., where he was responsible for the development of a multitenant SAAS ad management platform hosting over 300 clients and managing over $9B in client revenue. He joined Operative Media after a 14-year tenure at Cablevision, where he was credited for establishing many of Cablevision’s core technology standards, processes and methodologies.
Rob Malcolm is the Senior Vice President of Sales for Imagine Communications’ Ad Tech division, leading Sales and Professional Services globally for all advertising sales, scheduling, billing and analytics products.
Before joining Imagine, Malcolm held the CMO/VP Marketing position at CLX Communications AB, a publicly listed Software/SaaS provider. At CLX, he was responsible for Global Marketing and Inside Sales for both their Operator and Enterprise Divisions.
Before CLX, Malcolm was a long-time executive and the Product Line Manager for the core offering at Mblox Inc., the mobile messaging business that CLX acquired for $114M in 2016.
Malcolm holds a BSc Engineering (Electronics) from the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa.
Mathias Eckert is SVP & GM EMEA/APAC, Imagine Communications Playout & Networking Solutions, leading the business’s sales, service and operations activity across this region.
Eckert joined Imagine Communications (then Harris) 11 years ago, bringing a wealth of industry expertise and a strong international reputation. Before joining the company, he was general manager for Northern and Central Europe at Avid Technology GmbH. Prior to this, he managed the EMEA business for newsroom vendor iNEWS, and held senior positions in sales and key account management at Sony Deutschland GmbH.
Eckert has a Diplom-Ingenieur (equivalent to Master of Science) in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Software Engineering from the Hochschule in Wiesbaden, Germany. His first role in the industry was in the semiconductor world where he began as a program manager.
Chris Sjerven is the Vice President of Supply Chain and Operations for Imagine Communications. Bringing 20 years of experience in global Manufacturing and Supply Chain experience, Sjerven is responsible for worldwide manufacturing operations, supply chain, and manufacturing quality.
Prior to Imagine, Sjerven held customer-facing Supply Chain roles at Flextronics, a $28 billion contract manufacturer, and with other companies across a wide range of industries including Data Storage, Power Management and Semiconductor Capital Equipment. Through progressively responsible positions, Sjerven gained extensive experience in outsourcing, insourcing, vertical integration, lean manufacturing and factory optimization. Sjerven has helped set up factory operations in several emerging markets, including China, Mexico and Brazil.
Sjerven has a degree in Industrial and Production Operations Management from Colorado State University. Through his career, he has held several industry certifications in Operations Management.
Mark Herold is Vice President of Human Resources at Imagine Communications, responsible for coaching employees, elevating leadership and cultivating a high-performance culture.
Herold brings to the role a two-decade career focused on maximizing the potential of people to drive shareholder value. A veteran of M&A transaction, Herold has led due diligence work-streams involving all facets of Human Resources. In the past 15 years, he has held Human Resource leadership roles in the financial services and technology industries with companies such as Invesco, Cypress Communications, EasyLink Services and Mblox.
Herold holds a degree in Business and Economics from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and a Master of Business Administration, concentrating in Industrial Relations, from the University of Minnesota.
Hal Covert is the Chief Financial Officer for Imagine Communications, responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the company’s financial operations and business planning.
Covert has spent the majority of his career as the Chief Financial Officer and Board member of leading technology companies in Silicon Valley. As CFO, he has served at public companies with annual revenue ranging from $200 million to $2 billion, including Harmonic Inc., Lumos Networks Inc., Silicon Image Inc., Openwave Systems Inc., Extreme Networks Inc., Silicon Graphics Inc., Adobe Systems Inc., and ISC Systems Inc.
Covert’s experience as a Board member includes the following public companies with annual revenue ranging from $100 million to $2 billion: Lumentum Holdings Inc., JDS Uniphase Corporation, Harmonic Inc., Solta Medical Inc., Openwave Systems Inc., and Splash Technology Inc. He currently serves on the Board of Lumentum Holdings Inc. and is the chair of the audit committee.
Covert holds an MBA from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Lake Erie College and is a Certified Public Accountant.