SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- VideoAmp, a screen optimization platform that enables advertisers and media owners to transact seamlessly across devices, today solidified its team by appointing Nick Chakalos as the company's first vice president of global TV and data partnerships, a position created to accelerate the company's strategy around advanced TV. At VideoAmp, Chakalos' primary role will be forming and managing partnerships with the TV ecosystem.
"Nick brings an unparalleled level of expertise and acumen to a nascent industry that is set to transform the advertising and TV ecosystem as we know it," said Ross McCray, co-founder and CEO of VideoAmp. "We look forward to leveraging Nick's talents as VideoAmp finds itself in the epicenter of this transformation and are confident he will be a huge asset to both the VideoAmp team and our clients as we continue to grow."
"VideoAmp is on the cutting edge of creating a seamless cross screen transaction experience for advertisers," said Chakalos. "The agility of not just the technology behind the platform, but how quickly the team can execute for partners is unparalleled in this industry." He will report to VideoAmp Chief Business Officer, Jay Prasad.
Chakalos has over 25 years experience and has held senior positions in business development, sales, product management, general management, and operations. Chakalos previously served as senior vice president of global distribution at Cognitive Networks (which was acquired by Vizio) where he led partnerships with TV networks, television manufacturers and data providers across the globe. Prior to Cognitive Networks, Chakalos held executive roles at Catch Media Inc., Motorola, Ucentric Systems, and IBM. Chakalos earned dual bachelor's degrees in Engineering Sciences and Electrical Engineering from Dartmouth, and received his MBA from Babson College.
Additionally, VideoAmp expanded its sales team appointing Jessica Levine as director of advanced TV sales where she will be responsible for working with agency holding companies on the east coast. Levine previously served as director of video and mobile media at Xaxis. There she led video sales initiatives for Xaxis North America across Group M and direct clients.
In addition to fortifying its senior team, VideoAmp relocated its headquarters to a larger 6,000 square foot, state of the art office in Santa Monica.
VideoAmp most recently announced a $15M Series A funding round led by RTL Group, the leading European entertainment network. The investment brought VideoAmp's total funding to $17.2M with plans to rapidly accelerate development and drive adoption of its unique platform.
VideoAmp develops technology that enables advertisers and media owners to transact seamlessly across devices and has developed the world's first Screen Optimization Platform. VideoAmp's Screen Optimization Platform enables advertisers the ability to plan, buy and measure deduplicated and precise audiences across linear, VOD, OTT, desktop, and mobile content. VideoAmp enables content owners to package linear TV, on-demand and digital assets holistically with data-driven optimization. VideoAmp offers a unique enterprise software solution that can be delivered as a service or via a suite of customizable APIs. Founded in 2014, VideoAmp has offices located in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and the Netherlands. For more information, follow VideoAmp on Twitter @Video_Amp or visit www.videoamp.com.
Jen Warren, Illume Public Relations
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