Diane HessanChairman of the Board
Diane Hessan is an award-winning entrepreneur, marketer and seasoned board director. She is currently CEO of Salient Ventures, an investment and advisory company with a portfolio of angel investments focused on B2B software. Prior to Salient, she was a CEO for 20 years, most notably at Communispace, a market research technology company, which she led through 14 years of exponential growth, as the company worked with hundreds of global brands across 93 countries.
In 2021, she was elected to NACD's Directorship 100 for general excellence in the boardroom. She is the author of 2 books: Our Common Ground (2021), and Customer-Centered Growth (1995).
In addition to her role as Chairman of the Brightcove, Diane serves on the boards of Eastern Bank, Panera Bread, Sago, DP Acquisition Corp, Mass Challenge, Tufts University, and the National Association of Corporate Directors – New England. She received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and her B.A. in Economics from Tufts University.
Kristin Frank is a well-respected and highly seasoned leader in the media, technology, data intelligence and streaming industries. She is the current CEO at AdPredictive, a market-leading customer intelligence software platform helping marketing and data leaders understand their customers to impact business outcomes. Before joining AdPredictive, Kristin's career spanned over 20+ years at Viacom in various capacities as a member of its executive team, serving most recently as the COO of the $1B+ division overseeing revenue, strategy, and operations for MTV. In this role, she led brand turnaround and reinvention, digital innovation and new market growth.
Ms. Frank also served as the Executive Vice President and Head of Digital for the Music and Entertainment Division, in which she developed scaled digital, product and content businesses for MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, CMT, LOGO and MTV2. Additionally, she served as the Regional Vice President of Content Distribution and Marketing, the COO of LOGO and the General Manager of MTV and VH1 Digital Media at Viacom. Kristin's career began in finance working for Heller Financial which was acquired by GE.
Gary Haroian brings significant senior executive and board director experience from more than three decades of service with a number of leading software and technology companies. Haroian has held numerous senior executive positions throughout his career, including serving as the chief executive officer and chief financial officer of Bowstreet and Concord Communications and in various roles at Stratus Computer, including chief executive officer, chief operating officer and chief financial officer. In addition, he previously served on the boards of directors, as the financial expert, of several technology companies, including Aspen Technology, PhaseForward and Unica.
Scott Kurnit is an investor and advisor focused on the digital ecosystem.
Kurnit founded and served as chairman and CEO of About, Inc. as it grew to a public market value of $1.7 billion and was the fifth largest of all Web properties. About invented or popularized important Internet staples such as blogging, content SEO and contextual pay-per-click advertising. He sold About US to Primedia for $724 million. About was then owned by the New York Times Company and IAC.
Kurnit has founded four companies, holds four patents, led the team that embedded the first Web browser into an online service, started the first Pay Per View cable network, and co-led the team that implemented the first use of national caller ID. He was also the youngest program director in the PBS system and served as program director for Qube, the world’s first fully interactive cable system.
He was president of Showtime Event Television when it generated the largest one night gross in the entertainment business and aired the first rock concert (broadcast in 70 countries) from the former Soviet Union.
He has been a filmmaker, TV director, station program manager, marketer, and CEO. He has worked at the highest levels of Warner, Viacom, News Corp., PBS, IBM, and MCI companies.
Marc DeBevoise joined as our CEO & Board Director in March 2022 and is an accomplished leader with wide-ranging experience in the direct-to-consumer, media, streaming, and technology industries. Most recently prior to Brightcove, Marc led the global streaming, digital, and technology businesses and operations of ViacomCBS (now Paramount Global) as its Chief Digital Officer and CEO & President of CBS Interactive. During Marc’s leadership tenure, the company became a major player in direct-to-consumer streaming and a leading global Internet company, primarily driven by the founding and evolution of its streaming services, including Paramount+. Earlier in his career, Marc held executive positions at Starz and NBCUniversal and started his career in the Technology, Media, & Telecommunications investment banking groups at JPMorgan and Hambrecht & Quist.
Marc currently serves on the Board of The Door, a non-profit organization supporting at-risk youth in NYC and the Advisory Board of Antenna Group, a privately-owned international media and entertainment company in Europe.
Marc received his M.B.A. with distinction in Entertainment, Media & Technology, and Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and his B.A. in Economics and Computer Science from Tufts University.
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