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Viant adds Patel, Gajjar to legal team

September 19, 2022

Viant Technology, the advertising software company, has named Ritesh Patel as its Chief Legal Officer, reporting directly to Viant’s CEO, Tim Vanderhook. The company also named Arish Gajjar as its new SVP, Deputy General Counsel, reporting to Ritesh Patel, CLO.

“As Viant continues to position itself as the omnichannel advertising software of choice, we’re excited to make the strategic hires that support our business growth,” said Tim Vanderhook, Co-Founder and CEO, Viant. “Bringing on key leadership with a proven track record and experience in the ad tech space supports our immediate and long-term business goals and we’re thrilled to welcome Ritesh and Arish to the team.”

Ritesh Patel – Chief Legal Officer, Viant

In this role, Patel will lead the company’s legal department and be responsible for all aspects of its legal affairs and serve on the Executive Committee. He brings almost two decades of legal experience, advising public and private technology companies spanning a variety of industries including advertising technology, network monitoring and security, digital storage and more. Most recently Patel served as the Head of Legal for Apeel Sciences where he led its legal team on global initiatives. Before Apeel Sciences, Patel was Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at The Trade Desk, where he served as lead attorney on key revenue deals and public company reporting obligations. There he also managed the legal operations team and helped shape and scale the legal department. Prior to that, he served in leadership roles at global organisations including Western Digital Corporation, where he led a team responsible for advising the go-to-market function of divisions that generated $10 billion in annual global revenue.

Arish Gajjar – SVP, Deputy General Cousnel, Viant

In this role, Gajjar will work closely with the CLO and business stakeholders at all levels of the company to define and drive strategic and operational initiatives. He brings over a dozen years of experience in technology, media and telecommunications. Gajjar joins Viant from The Trade Desk where he was Lead Director and Associate General Counsel, leading a team that contributed to the rapid growth of the company’s core business by negotiating transactions with agency and brand advertiser clients, infrastructure vendors, inventory suppliers and other partners.  Prior to that, he was an Associate Counsel at Time Warner Cable, where he focused on a wide range of commercial transactions.

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