Netflix Product Chief Neil Hunt Exiting After 18 Years

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Greg Peters to take over as chief product officer in July; chief talent officer Tawni Cranz is departing

Netflix said international exec Greg Peters will become chief product officer in July, taking over for Neil Hunt, who is leaving the company after 18 years.

In addition, Netflix announced that chief talent officer Tawni Cranz, who joined the company in 2007, will depart to pursue other interests.

Hunt (pictured above), who has a doctorate in computer science, joined Netflix in 1999. He led the development and launch of the company’s streaming service in 2007, and has overseen every aspect of the Netflix service’s user experience. “I’m delighted to be leaving the Netflix product organization in such great shape and in such good hands,” Hunt said in a statement.

Peters has led development efforts from Netflix’s office in Tokyo since 2015. In his nine years at the company, Peters has held positions overseeing product engineering and business development. In his role leading Netflix Japan, he also oversaw content licensing and creation as well as marketing.

“Greg and Neil have collaborated through the years to make the Netflix experience all over the world absolutely incredible,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in announcing the changes. “I look forward to having Greg take on this role and to celebrate with Neil our 100 millionth member.”

Prior to joining Netflix, Peters was senior VP of consumer electronics products at Macrovision Solutions and previously held positions at Mediabolic, Red Hat Network and He holds a degree in physics and astronomy from Yale University.

Regarding Cranz, Hastings said, “Over the last decade, Tawni has played a formative role in developing our business culture as well as developing an amazing talent team. We deeply appreciate her contributions.”

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  1. Brian Smith says:

    I feel like I burned through all of NETFLIX’s library in 2 months and not much of the original content appeals (nor do old British shows) so I dumped it for HULU and I’m so glad I did. More, relevant, options. Shows you want to binge watch.

  2. RS says:

    Netflix really isn’t impressive — at all — the moment you step off American soil and into any other market they serve. Can’t deny what they’ve achieved, but in every other country but the U.S., the local competition all but ensures Netflix isn’t the only option.

  3. Christina says:

    If they were responsible for the horrible new rating system – “see ya – wouldn’t wanna be ya”.. If not.. sorry to see them go. Maybe they will start a great competitor with a rating system that isn’t dummied down to the lowest base and useless for users.

  4. J says:

    Both wonderful people whom I hope are leaving of their own accord onto greener pastures. Especially a shame re: Tawni, the only female and minority representative on the c-level at Netflix…

    • Craven Moorehead says:

      Who cares that she is female an a minority? She was incompetent at her job. Netflix wants top talent in every role. I’ve been in a lot of meetings where she just hand waved and used buzz words as she road the coattails of Patty McCord who really did invent the Netflix culture you hear so much about.
      Once she explained that she was rethinking a lot of “sacred cows” like remote working. Someone asked “what other sacred cows are you rethinking” and she was totally stumped. I think that I have seen her dance more times than I have heard her speak.

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