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A History of Innovation

For more than ten years, JW Player has been first to market with key video innovations. Whether it’s new platforms and devices, or streaming and advertising standards, the video industry is always evolving and JW Player is your partner to keep you ahead of the curve.

  • 2004

    1st Embeddable Web Player

  • 2006

    1st Accessible Web Player

  • 2008

    1st VAST Web Player

  • 2010

    1st HTML5 Web Player

  • 2011

    1st HLS Web Player

  • 2012

    1st Chromecast Web Player

  • 2013

    1st to Support MPEG-DASH

  • 2015

    Next-Gen Encoding

  • 2015

    1st 360 Video in Platform

  • 2016

    1st OVP to be a Google Certified Publisher

  • 2017

    1st VAST 4.0 Web Player

  • 2017

    1st to Support PWA as a Service

  • 2018

    1st Video Player Bidding Solution

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Dave Otten

Dave Otten | Co-Founder & CEO

Dave has drawn on decades of executive-level IT experience to secure JW Player’s position as the leading video software and data insights platform on the market. As its co-founder and chief executive officer, Dave has helped propel JW Player from a popular open-source video player to the digital video platform of choice for hundreds of thousands of businesses, including half of the comScore top 50 websites in the U.S. Dave’s strategic leadership has helped JW Player’s customer-base reach an average of over 1 billion viewers per month across 2.7 billion devices. Prior to his time at JW Player, Dave served in various leadership positions at companies including Nielsen/Net Rating and About.com. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in finance from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jeroen Wijering

Jeroen Wijering | Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer

JW Player’s creator, co-founder, and chief product evangelist is a recognized expert in online video and standards who drives innovation and market awareness. He is active in the IAB and W3C standards committees and frequently presents at conferences such as IBC and Streaming Media. He graduated with honors from the Design Academy Eindhoven with a degree in management and communication.

Brian Rifkin

Brian Rifkin | Co-Founder & SVP, Strategic Partnerships

At JW Player Brian is focused on driving growth through strategic partnerships and leads the JW Player Demand team, working with publishers and brands to maximize advertising revenue. He has worked in the online space since 1997, and until 2007 served as president of A Simple Internet, a media services firm he founded in 2001 specializing in performance-based marketing. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Business Development at About.com. He holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jin Sha

Jin Sha | Chief Strategy Officer

Jin leads strategic initiatives across business development, operations, financial analysis, and corporate development / M&A for JW Player. Prior to joining the Company, Jin worked as an Associate at Avista Capital Partners, a leading NYC-based private equity firm, where he focused on investments in the media and healthcare sectors, and as an investment banking analyst at Deutsche Bank. Jin is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and holds degrees in Finance and Economics.

John Luther

John Luther | SVP, Technology

John’s mission is to ensure that we keep our customers on the leading edge of video technology through innovation, industry leadership and involvement in web standards. As vice president of Product Management at On2 Technologies, John oversaw the company’s VPx video compression technologies and Flix Cloud transcoding service. After Google acquired On2 in 2010, John managed HTML5 video technologies in the Google Chrome web browser and led the WebM open video project. He is most proud of his work standardizing media APIs for the open web platform (Media Source, Encrypted Media, WebVTT) because it allows the web to be accessible to everyone.

Jillian Moulton

Jillian Moulton | Chief Human Resources Officer

As Chief of Staff, Jillian oversees the overall operational and strategic alignment of JW Player's team and operations. As SVP of HR, she is responsible for attracting, retaining, and enriching the talent and culture at JW Player. She has over 15 years of experience leading Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, and People Operations at startup and emerging technology companies. She is passionate about spurring growth and evolving talent in creative, proactive, and scalable ways. She holds an MFA from Naropa University and a BA in Advertising from the University of Oregon.

Elad Ophir

Elad Ophir | SVP, Customer Success

Elad Ophir is JW Player’s SVP of Customer Success where he oversees the Technical Services and Account Management teams. Elad is focused on ensuring that every client achieves and exceeds its video audience and revenue goals. With over a decade worth of experience he has built and managed solutions engineering and project management teams for leading SaaS video companies. Prior to joining JW Player, Elad served as Senior Director of Solutions Engineering for Kaltura, a video technology company, where he worked in both its New York and Israel offices. A native of Israel, Elad began his career in the Israeli Ministry of Defense. He currently resides in New York.

Andrew Iappini

Andrew Iappini | CFO

Andrew leads the finance team at JW Player and is in charge of executing the company's business strategy as a successful SaaS based enterprise. Prior to joining he ran finance for RetailNext where he led the company's transformation from one-time to recurring revenue. Earlier in his career he had senior roles in private equity and investment banking. Andrew holds a MS and MBA from Georgetown University and a BA from Bates College.   

Ryan Beebe

Ryan Beebe | SVP of Sales

Ryan Beebe is the Senior Vice President  Sales at JW Player. The first senior account executive at the company and later its first VP of Sales for EMEA and APAC, Ryan has grown a diverse global customer base by working with hundreds of publishers among some of the world’s largest media companies over the last seven years. He graduated from Miami University (not Florida but Ohio!) with a B.S. in marketing and entrepreneurship. A Connecticut native, Ryan currently resides in London and has also lived in Thailand, Japan, and Australia.

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