Tech Industry Veteran Jeff Ray Named Brightcove CEO

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In His Role As Brightcove CEO, Jeff Ray Would Lead The Cloud Video Market Leader to Realize Short and Long-Term Business Goals

Brightcove CEO Jeff Ray. Photo Courtesy of Ellucian/Businesswire
Brightcove CEO Jeff Ray. Photo Courtesy of Ellucian/Businesswire

Brightcove has a new CEO. The leading provider of cloud services for video announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Hugh Jefferson (Jeff) Ray III to serve as the Company’s next Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

Jeff Ray succeeds  Acting-CEO Andy Feinberg, who has held the position since 2017, while a search was undertaken for a permanent replacement. Andy will now resume his role as the Company’s President and COO.

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Gary Haroian
Gary Haroian

Gary Haroian, Chairman of the Board, said, “The Board was impressed with Jeff’s decades-long track record of accomplishments as a CEO and senior executive. That, combined with his extensive technology leadership experience made him the ideal candidate to serve as Brightcove’s CEO.”

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Brightcove has thousands of customers in over 70 countries that rely on the company’s cloud solutions to successfully publish high-quality videos experiences for audiences everywhere.

Gary added, “Time and time again, Jeff has demonstrated an ability to enhance go-to-market strategies, scale enterprises and expand business opportunities at global technology companies. Jeff’s deep operational and enterprise sales experience will be instrumental in positioning Brightcove for improved market share and long-term, profitable growth.”

Commenting on his appointment, Jeff Ray stated, “I am incredibly optimistic about the opportunity in front of Brightcove. Internet video traffic will grow fourfold from 2016 to 2021, reaching 82% of all global consumer internet traffic. This explosion in video consumption is creating tremendous opportunities – and challenges – for companies around the world. More and more of these organizations are turning to Brightcove for innovative technology, deep video expertise, and our obsession with customer success to realize these opportunities.”

Gary added, “The Company’s market-leading portfolio of video solutions, blue chip customer base, and exceptional workforce provide a solid foundation upon which to move forward. I’m excited to work with the team to build on the strong market momentum they have already created.”

Gary Haroian continued, “On behalf of the entire Board, I want to thank Andy Feinberg for the leadership and expertise he displayed during his role as Acting CEO over the past nine months. Against the backdrop of his proven leadership and the significant contributions he has made at Brightcove over the past 13 years, his success in this position comes as no surprise.”

Ray is an Industry-Recognized SaaS Veteran

Jeff Ray has excelled in executive leadership roles at multiple enterprise technology companies of scale, including Ellucian, Ventyx (acquired by ABB), DS SolidWorks, Progress Software, and Compuware. At Ellucian, Jeff successfully transitioned the business from a combination of multiple premise-based software companies to a cloud-based SaaS leader of solutions designed to enable colleges and universities do a better job of helping their students succeed. At SolidWorks, he grew revenues by 300%, expanded margins by 50%, and tripled the installed user base.

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While he was at Progress Software, the business grew 20% each year and the share price more than doubled. At Ventyx, Jeff ran operations across 80 countries and 2,500 employees, growing annual revenues to over $520 million. And at IBM, where he started after graduating from Texas A&M University, Jeff quickly rose through the organization, holding numerous leadership positions.

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