June 1, 2020
New CEO Jason Kilar June 1 increased his management footprint on WarnerMedia by naming former colleague Richard Tom chief technology officer (CTO), effective immediately.
Tom will lead WarnerMedia’s technology and operations organization, including technology strategy, platform development and operations as well as shared services with other business segments. This includes the company’s data strategy, content delivery systems, master control operations, broadcast engineering and the technology platform for its new streaming service, HBO Max, among other areas. In addition, AT&T’s ad-distribution platform Xandr will also now report to Tom.
“Richard is a rare bird in that he brings deep technical chops, a dogged customer focus, clear and bold vision, and a magnetism that attracts other world class builders to him,” Kilar said in a statement. “WarnerMedia’s future will be as much about technology as it will be about storytelling and having Rich report to me as our technical leader strongly signals that.”
Prior to joining WarnerMedia, Tom served as an advisor and consultant for technology focused consumer and B2B companies, as well as venture-backed startups. His previous experience also includes serving as CTO and SVP of Hulu (when Kilar was CEO), where he built and led technical infrastructure at Hulu. He, alongside Kilar, co-founded Vessel — a global ad-supported, subscription-based, short-form video service that provided viewers early access to videos from top influencers, traditional television, major sports leagues and music publishers. Additionally, Tom served as CTO of Digital Entertainment at Verizon.
Former WarnerMedia CTO, Jeremy Legg, will join AT&T Communications to lead the technology services organization as EVP and CTO, reporting to Jeff McElfresh, CEO of AT&T Communications.
“Jeremy, through his leadership of the technology organization, has had such a positive and material impact on WarnerMedia, with last week’s launch of HBO Max being just the most recent example,” Kilar said. “I know I speak for all of us when I say how glad I am that Jeremy won’t be going far. I wish Jeremy the best of luck in what is sure to be a period of wonderfully positive impact at AT&T.”