Ex-Amazon exec Jeff Blackburn joins Roku’s board of directors

Jeff Blackburn

Jeff Blackburn

US streaming device provider and FAST operator, Roku has elected former Amazon executive Jeff Blackburn to sit on the company’s board of directors.

The appointment was announced at Roku annual shareholder meeting and comes as the company’s expand its board of directors.

Blackburn served as Amazon’s senior vice president of global media and entertainment from 2021 for two years. During his tenure he was responsible for content businesses including Prime Video, Amazon Studios, MGM, Music, Audible, Games, and Twitch. Before that, he was Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide business development, advertising and entertainment from 2012 to 2020. He exited the streamer in February.

Prior to joining Amazon, Blackburn was an investment banker, holding positions at Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank.

Roku previously filed a proxy statement in April where it announced the proposed change to its board of directors to shareholders.

“Jeff’s extensive experience in digital media and technologies makes him a great addition to our Board of Directors,” said Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood. “I look forward to his contributions to Roku as we grow our leadership as the TV streaming platform of choice for more than 70 million households.”

Speaking on his appointment, Blackburn said, “I’m thrilled to be joining Roku’s Board of Directors at such a pivotal time in the industry as more entertainment continues to move to TV streaming. I look forward to working with fellow board members and Roku’s leadership team to further the company’s mission of being the platform that truly connects the TV ecosystem around the world.”

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