Richard Tom Is the New Chief Technology Officer of WarnerMedia, Will Report to CEO Jason Kilar
WarnerMedia announced today that they have appointed Richard Tom as the chief technology officer of the company, effective immediately. Tom will report to CEO Jason Kilar and will be responsible for technology and operations organization, including technology strategy, platform development and operations as well as shared services across WarnerMedia.
“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,” stated Kilar. “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.”
Before coming to WarnerMedia, Tom served was an advisor and consultant for technology focused consumer and B2B companies, as well as venture-backed startups. Like Kilar, Tom did a stint at Hulu, previously serving as CTO and SVP of the streaming service, where he built and led the technical infrastructure that powered Hulu’s success with advertisers, content partners and customers. Along with Kilar, Tom co-founded Vessel, an 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. Tom was also CTO of digital entertainment at Verizon previously.
Back in April, WarnerMedia announced Kilar as their new CEO, effective May 1. Kilar came into the position with previous experience as the founding CEO of Hulu, a role he served from 2007 until 2013. He also held several leadership positions at Amazon from 1997 to 2006, including SVP of worldwide application software. After leaving Hulu, he went on to launch Vessel. However, the service didn’t scale and was sold to Verizon in 2016.
Other industry veterans who’ve joined the team are former DirecTV executive Sarah Lyons, Jess Miller (previously of DirecTV Now), former Hulu executive Katie Soo, former Warner Bros researcher Keith Camoosa and former Crunchyroll head of business intelligence Reid DeRamus.