David's rare combination of experience building and scaling an advertising-based business and a passion for content and advertising technologies made him our absolute first choice for the position.
Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) October 27, 2008
Gigya, Inc., the largest widget and content sharing platform for the social web, announced today that David Yovanno is joining as Chief Executive Officer. Gigya is ranked by comScore as the largest widget company worldwide with global reach of over 174 million unique users. Yovanno, who was also appointed to the board of directors, joins to take Gigya into the next phase of its growth and will be responsible for day-to-day operations and business strategy. Co-founder and former CEO Eyal Magen will take on the role of Chief Strategy Officer and continue overseeing Israeli operations as General Manager.
"David's rare combination of experience building and scaling an advertising-based business and a passion for content and advertising technologies made him our absolute first choice for the position." said Magen, "I'm thrilled to have him on board to help us define the next generation of online advertising and build a truly world-class business."
Yovanno was previously COO of U.S. Media for ValueClick, Inc., and was instrumental in helping to build the company into one of the industry's largest and most diversified online advertising networks over the course of more than eight years. As COO, Yovanno oversaw the company's display advertising, lead generation and comparison shopping business units. Yovanno has also held several other management positions at ValueClick including general manager, executive vice president of sales and marketing, and vice president of sales. Prior to joining ValueClick, Yovanno served as a lieutenant and chief information officer in the United States Navy and chief information officer for a naval hospital in the Pacific Northwest.
Yovanno has served on the board of directors for the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), and holds both bachelors and masters degrees from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
"This is an amazing opportunity to lead a company that has rapidly achieved extensive adoption of its technologies and services among global brands, content publishers and independent developers alike." Yovanno said, "I'm looking forward to working with our talented team to continue building on this phenomenal momentum and fully leverage Gigya's enormous audience."
Gigya gives people the power to socialize and share content across the web, providing publishers and marketers with powerful tools for increasing audience reach and engagement online. Reaching more than 174 million people each month, Gigya's technology platform includes world-class sharing, analytics and monetization features. The company's products simplify access to more than 50 unique web platforms, distributing content across the social web and bringing users' social graphs to any site. Each day, millions of people use Gigya to engage with their friends and with content from Gigya's publisher and advertiser clients such as CNET, DoubleClick, Electronic Arts, Levis, MTV, RockYou!, Toyota, Unilever and Walmart.
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