OpenTV Corp. put the finishing touches on its acquisition of Wink
Communications Inc. from Liberty Broadband Interactive Television Inc. and, in
the process, answered some key personnel questions.
Most notably, Wink CEO Maggie Wilderotter will be moving over to a consulting
role with OpenTV. OpenTV chief operating officer Marty Leamy, meanwhile, is
stepping down for family reasons.
With the consolidation of the two companies and the pending acquisition of
ACTV Inc., OpenTV is looking to bring its executives closer to its Mountain
View, Calif., headquarters. Leamy, who lives in Naperville, Ill., and has two
children in high school there, chose not to uproot his family, according to the
Tim Travaille, Wink's executive vice president of finance and business
development, will take over as interim COO. For the past five years Travaille
has been commuting from Seattle to Wink's headquarters in Alameda, Calif., and
the interim position at OpenTV is designed to give him time to decide whether to
move his family to the Bay area, according to the company.
'Under the leadership of James Ackerman and Tim Travaille, OpenTV has the
most experienced and talented management team in the interactive-television
industry,' Wilderotter said.
'Tim and I have worked side-by-side for years building Wink into one of North
America's leading interactive-television suppliers,' she added. 'I have the
utmost confidence in this new team, under Liberty's sponsorship, to take what
we've built to the next level.'
A decision on whether the Wink facility in Alameda will be closed or merged
with OpenTV's Mountain View headquarters has not been made.