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Long-time Motorola senior executive John Burke is to join entertainment discovery expert Rovi as executive vice president and chief operating officer effective March 18, 2014. He will be responsible for leading Rovi’s business groups in discovery technologies, including oversight of Product Management, Engineering, Office of the CTO, and Professional Services. Reporting directly to Rovi’s president and CEO, Tom Carson, Burke will be based out of Rovi’s Radnor office in Pennsylvania.
“John’s appointment and the creation of this executive position underscore our commitment to expand our product businesses and drive improved revenue and profitability,” said Carson. “With expertise in managing product businesses and driving the development of cloud-based solutions, as well as complementary skills in strategy, business development, and acquisition integrations, John is an ideal choice to lead Rovi’s product businesses.”
Prior to joining the Company, Burke worked at ARRIS Group as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy, and President, Cloud Solutions Business. Burke joined ARRIS in April 2013 through the acquisition of the Motorola Home business from Google, where he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Converged Solutions business.
Previously, he worked in various capacities at Motorola, Inc., including Senior Vice President and General Manager of Motorola’s Broadband Home Solutions from 2007 to 2010. Burke joined Motorola in 2000 with the acquisition of General Instrument, where he spent 15 years in a variety of leadership positions, including Vice President and General Manager of Data & Voice CPE Solutions.
“Rovi is in a strong position to continue to fuel the transformation of entertainment with compelling solutions that disrupt the status quo and enable companies to further personalise and monetise the entertainment experience,” said Burke. “I believe Rovi has the focus and core capabilities necessary to increase its industry influence and look forward to helping Tom and the rest of the executive team take a disciplined approach to driving growth, delighting customers, and creating stockholder value.”