Jodi Robinson, an engineering exec has played a big role developing TV Everywhere apps and digital products for Starz, has left the premium programmer to join Charter Communications as senior vice president, user experience design and development.
Robinson will oversee UI design and development for all Charter’s products. She reports to Rich DiGeronimo, Charter’s SVP, product and strategy.
Robinson joins Charter as it moves forward on a plan to roll out a cloud-based guide/navigation system that will share a similar look and feel across platforms, including tablets, smartphones, browsers and set-top boxes. Speaking at an investor conference on Tuesday, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge noted that the MSO plans to roll out the cloud UI in the spring, with expectations that it will be available to more than half its footprint by the end of 2015.
"Jodi brings a unique combination of technical and video content experience with an exceptional track record of launching successful consumer video products," DiGeronimo said, in a statement. "Jodi's contributions to Charter will further elevate an already high performing design and development team as we continue to reshape the customer experience."
Robinson, who joins Charter following nine years with Starz, most recently led the programmer’s digital platforms organization as VP, Internet & Interactive technology. Starz has extended TVE support to a variety of platforms, including the Google Chromecast, the Xbox One and Xbox 360, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Kindle Fire tablets, Nood HD tablets and several Google Nexus models. Starz has not yet identified Robinson's successor.
In 2013, Robinson, who is also late of Level 3 Communications and Sun Microsystems, was named 2013 Technology Woman of the Year by the WICT (Women in Cable Telecommunications) Rocky Mountain Division, and was recognized by Multichannel News as a Women Of Technology honoree. Robinson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Stanford University