Rovi Hires Omar Javaid as Senior Vice President of Discovery
To lead Rovi’s expanding Discovery product line
August 17, 2014
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.— Rovi Corp. announced that Omar Javaid has joined
the company as senior vice president of Discovery, based out of Rovi’s corporate
headquarters in Santa Clara. As head of the newly created Discovery business
group, Javaid is responsible for Rovi’s discovery product offerings from
concept to customer delivery and oversees multiple areas across the group—from
engineering, architecture and user experience to product lifecycle management,
program management and product marketing. He reports directly to John Burke,
Rovi’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Prior to joining Rovi, Javaid worked at Hewlett-Packard as vice president and
general manager of Commercial Mobility, where he led mobile computing efforts
focusing on enterprise software and services. Prior to HP, he was the vice
president of product management at Motorola Mobility where he successfully
managed and launched hardware and also led Motorola’s software, cloud services
and media strategy initiatives. His previous positions included senior roles at
BBO Global, a Palo Alto-based product development and venture incubator;
Qualcomm, a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies;
and Mobilocity, a boutique software and services firm that was acquired by
Wireless Knowledge, a Qualcomm company.
Rovi introduced the on-screen program guide in 1981. Unveiled earlier this
year, Rovi Connected Guide is a next-generation, cloud-based offering designed
to provide a path for service providers to progressively transition a diverse
subscriber base to dynamic, web-based discovery experiences.
Javaid holds degrees in chemistry and cellular and molecular biology from the
University of Michigan, and executive education at Harvard Business School and
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