Ralf Jacob is President of the Verizon Media Platform, bringing more than 20 years of technical and executive management experience to the organization.
Prior to his current role, Ralf served as the chief revenue officer for the company. He initially joined the company through Verizon’s acquisition of upLynk, an online video platform specializing in the simplification of a broadcaster’s workflow, where he was the CEO and co-founder.
Before launching upLynk, Ralf served as vice president of digital media for Deluxe Digital Studios, guiding the development of new product ideas for over-the-top (OTT) streaming initiatives, building and conceptualizing second screen apps for major Hollywood studios, and rolling out token-based digital/e-copy online portals for HBO, Universal Studios, and other industry leaders.
Previously, Ralf served as senior vice president of engineering and operations for Move Networks, where he was responsible for R&D and management of the adaptive streaming technology used by more than 100 million users and deployed to sites such as ABC, FOX, CWTV, ESPN360, ProSieben, and Televisa. He was also in charge of Comcast’s TV Everywhere initiative that rolled out to 24 million Comcast subscribers in 2009. Prior to his tenure at Move Networks, he served as vice president of engineering at Knowledge Universe and vice president of engineering at iXL.
Ralf has an extensive technical background, starting his career as a software engineer. His ability to thread technology with business strategy along with his proven development track record has quickly propelled him into prominent executive engineering positions with the industry’s leading technology companies. He has spent years building and leading highly effective engineering teams through his passion for technology, creative problem solving, and the ability to adapt to an ever-changing industry.
Ralf earned bachelor’s degrees in marketing and computer science from Fachhochschule Wiesbaden, Germany, and was also a member of the German Olympic diving team. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, trade shows, and conferences.