Wowza Appoints Streaming Industry Veteran Chris Drake As New Chief Revenue Officer


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DENVER, April 11, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wowza, a Denver-based worldwide leader in live and on-demand streaming adds another industry
veteran to its ranks with Chris Drake. As Chief Revenue Officer, Drake will lead Wowza's global direct and channel
sales efforts at a critical time for the company as they continue to extend their platform
's video
-on-demand (VOD) capabilities.

Drake arrives at Wowza from Quickplay, where he drove market
adoption of its OTT streaming platform
tuned for some of the world's largest enterprise media
and entertainment video
deployments. While at Quickplay, Drake was named a Top Leader in Technology
by Parks Associates and he helped the firm earn the distinction of being named a Google Media Industry Partner of the Year for two consecutive years.

Drake brings his intimate understanding of content distributors, including media
publishers and broadcasters, to bear as Wowza makes a massive push to enhance and promote their VOD capabilities. These new features include a more accessible pricing model, ad-insertion, and more for current and new customers looking to grow and monetize their audiences.

“Chris Drake and Wowza are cut from the same cloth,” says Dave Stubenvoll, CEO and co-founder of Wowza.“Both have histories of being ahead of the curve and customer centric. That's what makes him such a good fit. As a team, we can capitalize on this innovative spirit and deliver to customers something truly unique.”

Prior to Quickplay, Drake served as Global Vice President, Media and Entertainment for Verizon Media Systems where he was responsible for the entirety of the company's broadcast, media
, sports, and operator segments. His 20+ year background in the streaming industry
also includes sales leadership positions with Comcast Technology
Solutions and Real Networks.

“Customers want more personalized and even interactive experiences from their live and VOD platform
s. Those platform
s want easier, more reliable, and more cost-effective ways to answer that call,” says Drake.“Wowza is uniquely positioned to help because underneath their efforts to innovate with evolving industry
needs is an incredibly solid foundation fueled by long-standing, expansive, and reliable tech.”

Wowza is announcing new VOD capabilities at this year's NAB show in Las Vegas and throughout 2024. Learn more by visiting wowza/contact .

ABOUT WOWZA

Wowza is the experienced and trusted partner for reliable, scalable video
solutions. For more than 15 years, Wowza has powered 35,000+ video
implementations globally across a range of end market
s, including media
, enterprise, government, aerospace, healthcare, and more. Wowza's video
-on-demand and live-streaming solutions solve the most challenging aspects of video
for its customers, ensuring reliable, secure experiences that businesses can trust from a SOC 2 compliant provider.

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