Roku, Inc., is a privately held company located in Saratoga, Calif., and founded in 2002 by Anthony Wood, the inventor of the digital video recorder (DVR). The market leader in streaming entertainment devices for the TV with millions of units sold, Roku has always believed that anything you want to watch, listen to, and enjoy should simply be there on your TV, whenever you want it. Roku streaming players are renowned for their simplicity, variety of entertainment choices, and exceptional value.
The Roku executive team is made up of an impressive group of successful inventors, entrepreneurs and leaders who have proven track records of building successful high-growth companies with award-winning products. Having worked at Netflix, DIRECTV, Apple, AOL, Compaq, Macromedia, Netscape, Gemstar-TV Guide and ReplayTV among other companies, the team brings direct consumer electronics, software and services expertise to Roku.
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Anthony Wood, Founder and CEO
A pioneer and innovator in TV and digital media, Anthony Wood is the Founder and CEO of Roku, a name that means “six” in Japanese to represent his sixth company. In the early days of Roku, Anthony also served as the vice president of Internet TV at Netflix, where he developed what is known today as the Roku streaming player, originally designed as the original video player for Netflix.
Prior to Roku, Anthony invented the digital video recorder (DVR) and founded ReplayTV, where he served as President and CEO before the company's acquisition and subsequent sale to DirecTV. Before ReplayTV, Anthony was co-Founder and CEO of iband, Inc., an Internet software company sold to Macromedia in 1996. The code base developed by Anthony at iBand became a central part of the original core code of Macromedia now known as Adobe Dreamweaver. After selling iBand, Anthony became the vice president of Internet Authoring at Macromedia. Earlier in his career, Anthony was Founder and CEO of SunRize Industries, a supplier of hardware and software tools for non-linear audio recording and editing. Anthony holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.
Chas Smith, General Manager, OEM
Chas Smith oversees Roku’s OEM business to expand the Roku platform reach beyond the set-top box and into consumer electronics devices. Before Roku, Chas was general manager for Avid Technology's video division and vice president of worldwide sales, marketing and service. Prior to joining Avid, Chas worked at Digidesign, where he ran worldwide sales and marketing. Earlier in his career, Chas was a keyboard player with a 'no name' Scottish rock band and a music writer for radio and TV advertising jingles.
Collette Bunton, General Manager, Devices
Collette Bunton leads the devices group which is responsible for getting Roku products into the hands of consumers around the world. Collette has worked with many successful consumer electronics and technology companies over the last 25 years. Prior to Roku, Collette held roles at Logitech as vice president of mergers and acquisitions and as vice president of sales and marketing. She has also held sales roles at 3M, Compaq and Acer. Collette hold a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Washington.
Erik Bardman, CFO
Erik has more than 24 years of global business experience in consumer electronics, financial services and Internet commerce, with specific expertise in strategic development, financial planning and analysis and mergers and acquisitions.
Before Roku, Erik was appointed senior vice president, finance and chief financial officer at Logitech in September 2009. While at Logitech, he was responsible for the company’s financial strategies and worldwide finance organization.
Prior to joining Logitech, Erik held positions at eBay for six years including CFO of eBay Marketplaces, the company’s largest portfolio of businesses. At eBay, Erik led a large global team focused on financial strategy, acquisitions, resource allocation and performance analysis.
Prior to joining eBay, Erik was with the General Electric Company for 15 years in a variety of roles, both in the U.S. and overseas where he developed broad expertise in consumer financial services, international finance and mergers and acquisitions.
Erik earned a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, with a major in history and a minor in economics. He is also a graduate of GE’s intensive Financial Management Program.
Stephen Kay, General Counsel
Steve has more than 25 years of legal experience advising leaders at private and public companies, negotiating complex transactions and managing corporate governance. He brings to Roku a deep understanding of the media and technology world coupled with extensive legal experience across all facets of corporate law.
Before Roku, Steve was at Hogan Lovells where he is the managing partner of the Los Angeles office and a co-leader of the firm’s global Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) industry sector team. Steve’s clients include News Corporation, 21st Century Fox and affiliated entities, as well as other media and content companies. Prior to 2003, Steve was a partner in the corporate department of the firm’s New York office. At Hogan Lovells Steve has focused primarily on transactional work, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, equity offerings, debt financings, venture capital and commercial transactions. Steve has extensive experience working with digital media companies as well as cable and broadcast television businesses.
Prior to Hogan Lovells, Steve served as executive vice president and general counsel at Gemstar-TV Guide from 2003 to 2008. While there he played a central role in fully resolving legacy legal issues, implementing new business initiatives focused on the development and licensing of intellectual property, conducting a strategic alternatives review process and successfully completing the company sale transaction.
Jim Funk, Senior Vice President, Product Management
Jim Funk is an Internet TV veteran with more than 10 years of experience in the industry. Jim joined Roku in 2008 and leads content and partner relations. Under Jim’s leadership, Roku expanded its collection of streaming content from partners including Amazon, Pandora, Sony Crackle, Hulu Plus and sports content including MLB.tv, UFC, NBA Gametime, and NHL Center Ice. Previously, Jim held the position of vice president of business development for Internet TV at Netflix. Prior to Netflix, Jim was vice president of marketing and co-founder at Akimbo Systems. Jim also held executive management positions at Macromedia and marketing positions at Apple. Jim has both an MBA and a bachelor's degree from Stanford University.
Mark Goodwin, Senior Vice President, Software Engineering
Mark Goodwin joined Roku in 2008 where he oversees all aspects of software engineering, mobile apps, web services and network engineering for the Roku streaming players and the Roku Streaming Stick. Prior to Roku, Mark had been director of software engineering at ReplayTV where he lead software teams through several generations of the ReplayTV DVR. He was also technical lead for the IPTV group, researching early set-top technology for delivering content over the Internet. ReplayTV was acquired and sold to DirecTV in 2008. As senior director at DirecTV, Mark continued to develop television technologies and was a founding member of the Advertisement Engineering Group created to identify, design and ultimately deploy technology for targeted advertising. Before ReplayTV, Mark spent seven years at Euphonix where he lead software development for high-end digital mixing consoles used in professional music, film and post-production. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Teesside University.
Matthew Anderson, Chief Marketing Officer
Matthew became Chief Marketing Officer at Roku in 2013. He is responsible for global marketing and communications across the company’s three business units – device sales, content and services, and OEM partnerships. For a year prior to this, Matthew was Strategic Advisor to the company and made significant contributions to corporate strategy and development, including fund-raising efforts, as well as supporting marketing and communications.
Previously, Matthew was Group Director, Strategy and Corporate Affairs, Europe and Asia, of News Corporation where he focused on strengthening performance of the television businesses (now 21st Century Fox) in the areas of branding, marketing, channel packaging, programming, communications and corporate responsibility.
Before this, Matthew was Group Director, Communications and Brand Marketing at British Sky Broadcasting (Sky) where he ran all brand marketing and communications. Prior to Sky, Matthew was regional chief executive officer of one of the world's top PR firms, Ogilvy Public Relations, in charge of operations across Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
In addition to his role at Roku, Anderson serves on the Boards of MOBY Group, a leading emerging-markets broadcaster; and Team Sky, one of world's top pro-cycling teams. Matthew holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and has attended Harvard's Global Leadership and Public Policy Program in conjunction with the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leader program.
Steve Shannon, General Manager, Content and Services
Steve Shannon heads Roku’s content and services group which is responsible for establishing new content relationships, acquiring entertainment and growing services on the Roku platform. Steve has co-founded and led many successful companies that have shaped the digital living room. Prior to Roku, Steve held senior executive roles at digital media companies, RealD and Gemstar-TV Guide. Steve also has deep experience growing digital media start-ups from the ground up. He co-founded iband and sold it to Macromedia after developing what is now Adobe’s Dreamweaver product line. Steve also co-founded and Akimbo Systems, the first Internet video-on-demand service for television. Prior to Akimbo, Steve launched ReplayTV, the first digital video recorder and drove product, marketing, and sales strategies. Steve holds a bachelor's degree from University of California at Los Angeles and an MBA from University of California at Berkeley.