Brandon Brown – Chief Executive Officer
A proven leader in building software and technology companies, Brandon Brown became CEO in March 2009, with overall responsibility for the continued growth and success of Zodiac. Brown has more than 30 years of experience in technology businesses, including 15 years with small- to medium- size software and services companies focused on emerging technologies.
The companies Brown helped to build have delivered revenues in excess of $400 million yearly, achieved growth rates of 40% to 200% percent annually, and have successfully concluded in both acquisitions and an IPO, with total market capitalization values in excess of $900 million. Prior to working with small and mid-size companies, Brown spent the first 13 years of his professional life working for large multinational firms including General Electric, Lockheed Martin and Harris Lanier. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s College and advanced studies in Finance and Brokerage Operations at New York University.
Michael Rivkin – Chief Technology Officer
As the co-founder and CTO of Zodiac Interactive, Michael Rivkin has been the driving force in developing Zodiac’s technological vision, including architecting Zodiac’s set-top libraries and PowerUp interactive TV framework. While providing technology leadership to Zodiac, Rivkin oversees the development and deployment of all of Zodiac’s products and ITV software. Prior to joining Zodiac, Rivkin had vast experience in architecting and developing real-time booking engines, management suites, and interactive portals for companies including IKON, nPorta, and InfoGo. Rivkin graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech University.
Edwin F. Westfield, III CPA – Chief Financial Officer
Ed began his career in public accounting more than 25 years ago with a New England regional based public accounting firm where he earned his CPA certification after obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Western Connecticut State University’s Ancell School of Business. Following opportunity, Ed transitioned to corporate accounting where his responsibility increased from Corporate Financial Analyst and Controller roles to holding positions as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Finance and Operations, and Vice President and General Manager at various companies in the software, specialty chemical, construction, cosmetics, leasing and warranty service industries. A common thread in his career has been working for entrepreneurial businesses with a focus on executing results and driving cash flow.
James McLoughlin – Executive Vice President of Sales
Jim joined Zodiac lnteractive in January 2009 as Senior Vice President of Sales which includes the marketing and business development functions. Since then he has been responsible for opening new business channels and revenue opportunities with traditional video service providers as well as set top box OEMs, chipset providers, and content developers. Prior to joining Zodiac, Jim was VP of Sales, Marketing and Business Development for WorldGate Communications for eight years and at Home Box Office for 20 years in the affiliate sales organization responsible for regional and national accounts. Jim has a BA degree from Niagara University, MA degree from Columbia University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Richard Neill – Executive Vice President of Technology
Rich has been a pioneer in the technology industry for more than 25 years with an innovative approach and insightful vision that has led to numerous industry innovations and products of exceptional value to businesses and consumers. Prior to joining Zodiac, Rich held key executive level industry positions including his role as SVP Software Engineering, Consumer Applications, Devices and Systems at Cablevision Systems. He was responsible for transforming technological ideas and concepts into new products and services across set-top, mobile and broadband Web platforms; including major advances in on-screen navigation, Cloud based services and advanced data-mining/analytic technologies for use in audience measurement, advertising, and operational management systems. Additionally, Rich provided technological, strategic, and product development oversight across numerous areas within the company playing a key role in the infrastructure, software development and implementation of Cablevision’s Optimum Online® high-speed broadband service, and Emmy award winning iO® digital cable service including the company’s Onyx interactive service. Rich received two Emmy awards on behalf of Cablevision’s pioneering work and deployment of the company’s video service navigation and network based Cloud DVR service where Rich made significant contributions to the Cloud DVR design and architecture. More recently he played a significant role in the development of next-generation platforms in support of Internet network based IPTV and OTT services.
Rich enjoys the entrepreneurial spirit and has a professional background that includes deep expertise and diverse industry experience in systems and software engineering, machine learning, Cloud computing, embedded systems and integrated circuit design, as well as further credentials in academia including published works, and over a dozen patents. Rich holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Electrical Engineering, Master degree in Computer Science at Columbia University, and PhD in Computer Science from Columbia University.
Leon Rivkin – Principal Technologist
Leon has over 25 years of software design and development experience, of which 15+ years have been in the telecommunication and interactive TV industries. He started his professional career at the age of 15 writing commercial software while working on his degree in Math and Computer science. In 1993 he immigrated to the US and Leon founded one of the first commercial web development and hosting companies in 1995. In 1996 Leon worked with Supply Work – a joint venture between MIT, Office Depot, American Express, and Microsoft – which led to the creation of The Open Buying on The Internet Consortium (OBI) and the first specifications for web services. During this time, Leon also pioneered field use of technologies such as XML, DOM/COM+, J2EE, non-relational databases, in-memory databases, geo-redundancy multisite synchronization, and distributed message queues in large scale field deployments. In 1997 Leon joined Bell South’s Science and Technology division winning 2 prestigious “Innovative Product of the Year” awards during his 3 years of employment. In 2000 Leon led an independent team tasked with creating a comprehensive iTV system for Sony-Cablevision IO, and subsequently joined Cablevision in 2002. Over the next 5 years he oversaw the creation of Cablevision’s server side infrastructure. In 2008 Leon joined Zodiac as an independent consultant and in 2010 he became a member of the management team. As Zodiac’s Principal Technologist, Leon oversees the design and development of Zodiac’s next-generation platforms and cloud architecture.