TiVo Director Raghu Rau Appointed Interim President and Chief Executive Officer
TiVo Corporation announced that Raghu Rau, a member of TiVo’s Board of Directors, has been named interim President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. The appointment follows Enrique Rodriguez’s personal decision to resign from his role as TiVo’s President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors to assume a position as Chief Technology Officer at Liberty Global in Europe, one of TiVo’s long-time global customers. Mr. Rodriguez will remain at TiVo in an advisory role to ensure a smooth transition. Mr. Rau will continue to serve on the Board of Directors.
“On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Enrique for his leadership and we wish him the best in his next chapter”
The Board has commenced a comprehensive search process to identify and evaluate internal and external candidates to serve as a permanent Chief Executive Officer, with the assistance of a leading executive search firm.
“On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Enrique for his leadership and we wish him the best in his next chapter,” said James Meyer, Chairman of TiVo’s Board of Directors. “We are fortunate to have a world-class leadership team in place and are pleased to have someone of Raghu’s caliber step in to lead the Company. He has been a member of the TiVo Board of Directors since 2015 and is a proven leader with extensive experience in the video industry and in the management of intellectual property. I am confident that Raghu, alongside the rest of the leadership team, will continue to drive the value that TiVo’s innovative technology portfolio brings to the fast-growing and hyper-competitive entertainment industry.”
Mr. Rau, said, “This is an exciting time for TiVo and I am eager to jump in as interim President and Chief Executive Officer. I look forward to working closely with our outstanding management team as we continue to innovate, profitably grow our customer base in key market segments, and expand our international presence. I also look forward to working with the Special Committee of the Board to bring our strategic alternatives process to a successful, value creating solution for our shareholders.”
Mr. Rodriguez commented, “My personal decision to pursue another opportunity was not easy. I couldn’t be more excited about what lies ahead for TiVo as I expect our performance through the second quarter of 2018, including our announced profit improvement actions, to be ahead of our internal plan. I am looking forward to continue my relationship with TiVo in my new role as a customer and partner. Until then, I am committed to working with the TiVo team to ensure a seamless transition.”
As previously announced, the TiVo Board continues to explore a broad range of strategic alternatives to maximize the value of the Company for TiVo shareholders. With its independent financial and legal advisors, TiVo is carefully considering a full range of options focused on delivering shareholder value. The Company expects to provide an update on this review by the Company’s second quarter 2018 earnings call.
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