AT&T’s WarnerMedia Appoints New Head of Tech

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AT&T’s multinational media conglomerate, WarnerMedia, has appointed Richard Tom as its new Chief Technology Officer. He begins immediately and will report to WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar.

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As the media giant’s CTO, Tom will be responsible for WarnerMedia’s data strategy, content delivery systems, master control operations, broadcast engineering, and the technology platform for its new streaming service, HBO Max.

Additionally, the technology teams at WarnerMedia’s advertising division, Xandr, will report to Tom.

Tom is a seasoned tech exec in the digital media space, he served as the CTO of Digital Entertainment at Verizon from 2016 to 2018. He co-founded short-form video service Vessel in 2013 and served as the company’s CTO until it was acquired by Verizon. Tom also spent 5 years at Hulu, which is controlled by Disney, including 3 years as the streaming service’s CTO. He also held multiple senior positions at Microsoft from 1999 to 2007.

In a press release, Kilar stated, “Richard is a rare bird in that he brings deep technical chops, a dogged customer focus, clear and bold vision, and a magnetism that attracts other world class builders to him. WarnerMedia’s future will be as much about technology as it will be about storytelling and having Rich report to me as our technical leader strongly signals that.”

Tom said, "Having been a part of the early innings of online video, it's incredibly exciting to have the opportunity to redefine the future again with Jason and the WarnerMedia team. It's really fun to think about how technology will continue to help innovate the way WarnerMedia informs and inspires through amazing storytelling."

WarnerMedia launched HBO Max at the end of May 2020, and Tom will likely prove to be vital in helping to differentiate the platform from competitors in a crowded streaming market.

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