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Otter Media CEO Names Senior Exec Team

Otter Media, the OTT J.V. of AT&T and The Chernin Group, said new CEO Tony Goncalves has appointed four to his executive team – Andy Forssell as chief operating officer; Sean Kisker as chief strategy officer; Jennifer Cho as chief financial officer; and Alan Beard as chief brand officer.

The appointments come about a week after Goncalves, the former CEO of digital brands at AT&T, was named CEO of Otter Media.

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Forssell joins the exec team of Fullscreen, where he served as COO of the Otter Media-owned OTT service. Prior to that he was CEO of Showyou, a video aggregation service, and led Hulu’s content business, including its move into original programming. He had also served as interim CEO of Hulu in 2013.

Kisker has been serving as a personal adviser to founders and CEOs of leading early-stage technology and entertainment ventures, and, from 2003 to 2016, was an exec at Lionsgate Entertainment, most recently as chief strategy officer.

Cho joins Otter Media following senior exec roles at AT&T, DirecTV and Gap Inc. She most recently was CFO of AT&T Entertainment Group’s Technology & Operations division.

Beard co-founded social media creative agency McBeard, which was acquired by Fullscreen in May 2015. Beard has been serving as chief marketing officer at Fullscreen.

"Andy, Sean, Jennifer, and Alan are skilled executives with great instincts," Goncalves said in a statement. “They each bring a strong point of view, knowledge and vast experience. This exceptional team will lay a solid foundation for us to continue to build and evolve Otter’s leadership in the digital media space."