Laurent jumped right in as a hard-working, diligent leader that recognized Viewdle's potential and helped lead the company to its many achievements and milestones to date. It's only natural that he step up into the chief executive role.
Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) February 12, 2009
Viewdle, Inc., the multi-modal video search platform, today announced that Laurent Gil has accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer. Gil previously served as the company's President, where he focused on building Viewdle's business model and supporting infrastructure. During his tenure, Viewdle won multiple awards for its revolutionary video search technology. Gil was unanimously appointed by Viewdle's investors and Board of Directors, including exiting CEO Yuri Frayman, who continues on as an active advisor and Chairman of the Board.
"Working with a start-up technology company requires extraordinary commitment and, to some extent, a leap of faith," said Yuri Frayman, Viewdle Chairman of the Board. "Laurent jumped right in as a hard-working, diligent leader that recognized Viewdle's potential and helped lead the company to its many achievements and milestones to date. It's only natural that he step up into the chief executive role."
Prior to joining Viewdle, Inc., Gil was a senior investment banker that held various positions in corporate finance and capital markets at the French investment bank Credit Agricole, with assignments in New York, Tokyo and Paris. His entrepreneurial expertise includes the co-founding of a boutique investment bank in Brazil that completed several large transactions in Latin America's telecom sector.
Gil is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from The University of Bordeaux in France with a B.S. in Mathematics, Physics and computer science; he holds a Master of Science degree in signal processing from the French graduate engineering school Supélec, a post-graduate degree in management from the Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris, France and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia, USA (2003).
Viewdle is a multi-modal video search platform that combines technology from text, audio and video to deliver a semantically-accurate video search experience. Viewdle uniquely looks inside every frame to identify and deliver factual, contextually-relevant results at a level of granularity not possible with existing video search functionality, most notably through pioneering facial-recognition technology. Since Viewdle's launch as a TechCrunch40 presenter in September 2007, the company was named a "Best Technology Innovation/Achievement" Crunchies Award finalist, LIFT '08 presenting company, "2008 Start-up of the Year" by the Plugg European Start-Ups Rally and, most recently, received the LeWeb Gold Award for "Best European Start-up." Viewdle technology is currently used by Reuters.
About Viewdle, Inc.
Viewdle, Inc. revolutionizes video search by solving the inefficiencies inherent in using text-based metadata and other existing tools for indexing video. Viewdle Inc.'s core technology is the Viewdle Engine, a facial-recognition powered digital media platform for indexing, searching and monetizing video assets. The Viewdle engine fuses pioneering visual analysis technology along with other leading search techniques to go "inside the clip" and identify contextually-relevant appearances based on true video assets. Viewdle technology benefits customers in numerous industry segments, including: content producers and distributors; video advertising and monitoring companies; social networks; search engines; cable service providers; and video archival and stock houses. Viewdle is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA and Kiev, Ukraine. For more information visit http://www.viewdle.com.
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