Ooyala Taps Nikzad To Lead Company Operations As COO

Ooyala announced on Tuesday the hire of Mike Nikzad to serve as its new chief operating officer (COO). Nikzad arrives at Ooyala from Syncplicity, where he also served as COO.

In his new role, Nikzad will oversee the operations of Ooyala’s product life cycle -- inception, development, delivery, support, and customer deployments.

Prior to Syncplicity, Nikzad also held COO positions at EMC’s Consumer and Small Business division and NewNet Communication Technologies. Ooyala aims to capitalize on Nikzad’s experience in ensuring strong customer support, with a focus on engaging clients in strategic, product and corporate decisions.

“Mike and I have worked together in numerous previous companies,” stated Ooyala Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Huberman. “As we have in the past and together with our teams, we will work to forge strong customer partnerships driven by leading edge solutions and a customer first ethos.

“At Ooyala, we have an impressive set of technology innovations that solve complex business problems for our customers,” stated Nikzad. “With our portfolio of IVP solutions, backed by analytics and strong partnerships — including Microsoft and Adobe — I’m confident in our ability to generate tremendous value for our customers.”

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