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Former Amazon Video Exec to Head Comcast’s VIPER Team

Comcast Cable said it has appointed former Amazon video exec Euan McLeod to the post of vice president, IP video engineering.

McLeod most recently served as global head of video of video at Amazon, where he headed strategy and development for projects and initiatives that included Amazon Video, Amazon Prime and Amazon Music. McLeod reports to Jason Press, SVP, video engineering and operations for Comcast Cable.

In his new role, McLeod will lead Comcast VIPER (Video IP Engineering & Research), the Denver-based engineering team that designs, develops and deploys the software Comcast uses to deliver IP video to TVs, smartphones and connected devices. McLeod will also guide Comcast’s ongoing migration to IP-based video delivery across all devices and platforms, the company said.

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VIPER is also part of the Technology and Product Organization led by Tony Werner, who was promoted last year to president, technology and product at Comcast Cable.

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“Euan is a brilliant technologist with a proven track record of delivering world-class video experiences to customers,” Press said, in a statement. “His unique combination of experience, passion and technological prowess makes him the perfect fit to accomplish Comcast VIPER’s ambitious mission of building and deploying a next-generation IP video platform.”

Prior to Amazon, McLeod was VP of content platforms with Turner, where he oversaw development and operations for digital video content for networks such as CNN and TNT. He also McLeod founded Mobile Platform, a mobile video company that counted  customers such as BBC, Turner and Sky.

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McLeod earned his bachelor of engineering degree from Edinburgh Napier University and his MBA from Heriot-Watt University. He also studied marketing innovative technologies through Harvard Business School’s executive education program.