Edgio hires Eric Black as CTO

NBCUNIVERSAL EXECUTIVES — Pictured: Eric Black, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Sports Digital & Playmaker, NBC Sports Group — (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/NBCUniversal)

Edgio has appointed Eric Black as chief technology officer and general manager of media.

Black joins after doing over a 20-year stint at NBC Universal where he led NBC Universal’s media technology strategy across a host of digital properties during pivotal moments in the evolution of live streaming.

At NBC, the nine-time Emmy winner managed the first-ever live stream of a Super Bowl in 2010, delivered six Olympic Games (including the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the largest digital event in history at the time), 2018 FIFA World Cup, and presidential debates. He also guided the team that launched NBC Universal’s Peacock in 2020. The systems built by Black have focused on both high concurrent traffic and scale, which deliver more than 20,000 events per year, resulting in billions of consumed minutes.

At Edgio, Black will lead the company’s growth in delivering the highest quality linear, live and on-demand video experiences, to every device worldwide. He will be responsible for the management and growth of Edgio’s media platform group, which includes Edgio Delivery, its global CDN network, and Uplynk, its streaming platform.

“The appointment of such a well-regarded industry leader as Eric underscores the strength of Edgio’s standing today,” said Bob Lyons, CEO at Edgio. “We are extremely proud of our achievements in building digital video solutions that deliver successful business strategies for leading media and technology companies. Eric’s experience of the biggest live events is unparalleled, and he is the perfect fit for us as we enter the next phase of streaming at scale.”

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