Anthony Wood
Courtesy of Roku
United States
2020

Roku

Anthony
Wood

Founder / Chairman / CEO

The pandemic has hurt many different areas of the content biz, but it didn’t hurt Wood’s bottom line at Roku. In Q2 2020, the streaming device company added 3.2 million accounts and saw gross profits rise 29% year-over-year to $146.8 million, and it wasn’t just because of the stay-at-home orders. Wood has been refocusing the company on its ad business, boosted by a new automated buying platform powered by Dataxu, the ad tech company it acquired for $150 million in October 2019, which helped drive a 40% year-over-year increase in first time ad clients in the quarter. Prior to pioneering the streaming player with launch partner Netflix in 2008, Wood was founder of ReplayTV, which lost the DVR device battle to competitor TiVo.

Career

  • Netflix
  • Roku
  • ReplayTV

Education

  • Texas A&M University (TX, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Roku Names Finance Experts Laurie Simon Hodrick, Gina Luna to Board of Directors

Roku Names Finance Experts Laurie Simon Hodrick, Gina Luna to Board of Directors

Roku announced that financial experts Prof. Laurie Simon Hodrick and GP Capital Partners' Gina Luna were elected to its board of directors. Both women also join the streaming-platform company’s audit committee.“We are thrilled to welcome Laurie and Gina to Roku’s board of directors,” Anthony Wood, Roku's founder, CEO and chairman, said in a statement. “Roku will benefit greatly from their deep financial expertise, public company and corporate governance experience, and passion for our business and customers.”Hodrick (above left) is a...

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