Rovi Taps Pete Thompson as COO to Oversee TiVo Product Integration

Will replace John Burke, who is leaving Rovi but set to serve in temporary strategic advisor role
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Video software and video guide maker Rovi Corp. said Pete Thompson will join the company as EVP and COO on September 1, and be tasked with overseeing the product integration activities following the closing of Rovi’s proposed $1.1 billion merger with TiVo. That deal is expected to close on September. 7. 

Thompson will report to Rovi president and CEO Tom Carson and be based in TiVo’s office in San Jose.

Thompson will replace industry vet John Burke, who joined Rovi from Arris in March 2013 and has been based at Rovi’s office in Radnor, Pa. Burke, Rovi said, is not able to relocate to the east coast for personal reasons and made the decision to leave the company. Burke will move into a strategic advisor role through the end of the year to help with the initial stages of Rovi’s integration of TiVo.

“Throughout his tenure, John and his team have been instrumental in building a strong foundation for our product offerings, and we are fortunate that John will be supporting the transition,” Carson said in a statement about Burke’s decision.

Thompson most recently served as vice president, strategic partnerships at  wireless audio specialist Sonos, and previously was SVP of the Mediaroom Business Group at Ericsson, which acquired the Mediaroom IPTV platform from Microsoft in 2013.

Before that, he was at Microsoft in roles that included corporate vice president, Microsoft Mediaroom; senior general manager, Xbox LIVE; and general manager, Microsoft Surface. He’s also late of T-Mobile, and HP.

Thompson has also served on the boards of Sigma Designs and SeaWell Networks, a startup acquired by Arris in 2014 for $5.7 million.

“As Rovi and TiVo prepare to join forces as one company, Silicon Valley will become an even greater focal point for our product businesses and organization, and the Board of Directors and I are extremely pleased that we’ll have a strong presence with Pete in the Bay Area,” Carson said in a statement. “Pete has a proven ability to accelerate product development and drive significant revenue growth inside technology organizations. Upon closing of the TiVo acquisition, Pete’s initial focus will be on integrating the companies’ best-of-breed technological and product capabilities to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities and synergies formed by the new organization.”

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