JosephAmbeault, an exec formerly with Verizon Communications, has been named SVP, product and technology at Discovery Communications.
In his new role, Ambeault will head up product, engineering, design and program management across Discovery’s U.S digital organization. He will be based in Discovery’s New York office and report to Karen Leever, Discovery’s EVP and GM, digital media.
Ambeault most recently was executive director, consumer video product management for Verizon, where he oversaw the company’s OTT video product. During his 11 years with Verizon, he also helped to architect the Fios TV service and the launch of the company’s Verizon Digital Media Services business. During that time, Ambeault also served as chief product officer and CEO of Verizon’s brief OTT/subscription video service venture with Redbox, which was shut down in the fall of 2014.
Prior to Verizon, Ambeault was an exec at SeaChange International. He’s also a member of the National Television Academy of Arts and Sciences Technology committee.
“Discovery is committed to super-serving our passionate audiences,” Leever said, in a statement. “Having a best-in-class product leader like Joe will help us to further deliver Discovery’s unparalleled content to every person, on every platform.”
“Discovery has a strong track record of embracing technology to better reach and connect with audiences,” added Ambeault, who holds a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University. “I am thrilled to join a team that is so dedicated to producing world-class viewing experiences, powered by cutting-edge technologies.”