NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Today OUTFRONT Media (NYSE: OUT), one of the largest out-of-home media companies in North America, announced the hire of Joel Melby, who will serve as the company’s Chief Technology Officer. In his new role, Melby will oversee the development and engineering team that is building OUTFRONT Media’s ON Smart Media platform, reporting to Andy Sriubas, EVP, Strategic Planning & Development.
A recognized leader and product visionary in the digital media industry, Melby brings deep technical experience to OUTFRONT Media. Most recently he served as the CTO of clypd, a Boston-based startup which built a programmatic TV platform for broadcasters, cable programmers and Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs).
Prior to that role, he enabled the adoption and deployment of a Video Delivery Network technology as VP of Solutions at Edgeware AB. Melby’s background spans 30 years of system engineering, software development, engineering management and product management across a range of companies from Arris, Motorola and Broadbus with specialties from aerospace to TV. Joel also served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force.
OUTFRONT Media’s digital strategy is underpinned by the ON Smart Media platform. Joel’s proficiencies perfectly compliment the platform’s media buying and content delivery elements, and he will help the company leverage emerging technologies for new out-of-home capabilities.
Melby will work closely with OUTFRONT Media’s digital team, including James Price, SVP, Chief of Product, Christian Eidt, CIO, and Marion Parrish, SVP, Digital Operations, in a design-build-operate partnership for the platform.
Mr. Sriubas said, “We are excited to bring Joel and his unique skill-set to our company. We are adapting some of the most innovative technology solutions from other industries to our business, and adding a proven leader like Joel will help us maximize the results of these initiatives.”
About OUTFRONT Media Inc.
OUTFRONT Media is one of the largest out-of-home media companies in North America with a leading presence in top markets throughout the United States and Canada. We have a diverse portfolio of billboard, transit and digital displays reaching mass audiences, as well as a distinct offering of prime assets impacting select markets. As part of our recently launched ON Smart Media platform, we are developing hardware and software solutions for enhanced demographic and location targeting, and engaging ways to connect with consumers on-the-go.