JW Player Taps Pablo Calamera as Chief Technology Officer

Press Release 2 min read | Jun 1, 2016 | newbreed


NEW YORK N.Y. (June 1, 2017 )JW Player, the world’s largest network-independent video platform, today announced it has hired Pablo Calamera as Chief Technology Officer. In this role, he will lead the company’s engineering teams and drive market-leading innovations across JW Player’s global business. 

Calamera will work closely with the executive team and product leaders to develop and drive the company’s strategic vision and direction. He will directly impact the evolution of the company’s products and services, and play a key role in aligning technology across company departments, ensuring JW Player’s short- and long-term growth goals are met.

A skilled technical leader and industry pioneer, Calamera has guided technical teams at small and large companies including iconic enterprises like Vonage, iHeartRadio, and Apple. His deep experience in fostering innovation while utilizing the latest technologies to fuel growth are a recurrent theme through his career.

“Pablo is a technologist to his core with a 30-year track record of leveraging technology-based solutions to drive business value,” said JW Player CEO Dave Otten.  “As we continue to support our customers’ growth, expand globally and lead industry innovation, we need leadership talent with deep experience building products and services from concept to completion for other leading technology companies.”

Prior to joining JW Player, Calamera served as CTO of Vonage, where he was responsible for leading the company’s technology vision, architecture and design, as well as all aspects of technology development and operations, including new products, enabling technologies and R&D.

As the CTO of  Thumbplay—a critically acclaimed cloud-based music service— Calamera guided the company from startup to its acquisition by digital and terrestrial radio-giant Clear Channel. He was later named Clear Channel CTO, overseeing all technology initiatives related to iHeartRadio. As Director of Engineering at Apple, he helped grow the .Mac service and subsequent launch and expansion of MobileMe, a global consumer service for iPhone, iPod Touch, AppleTV, OSX and Windows.

“As the original video tech innovator, JW Player changed how the world watched video and connected online,” said Calamera. “Today, that innovation continues to thrive as JW Player expands its business model from video player into more complex data service capabilities. It’s an extremely exciting time to be in the video space and there isn’t a better company to be joining than JW Player.”

JW Player’s strong growth has pushed its overall client base past 20,000 including enterprise customers such as Univision, Hearst, Red Bull, VICE Media and Bell Media. The company’s video player footprint now spans 193 countries and its technology is live on more than 2 million sites with over 1.3 billion monthly unique viewers across all devices.