Tom brings nearly two decades of digital media and advertising experience to Verve. Prior to joining Verve, Tom was the CEO of ExtendMedia, the leading iP video software company serving customers including AT&T, Verizon, Disney and Paramount. Extend was acquired by Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) in 2010. Previously, Tom served as CEO of Lightningcast, a pioneer in online video advertising, where he led the development of the first advertising technology platform specifically designed for monetizing broadband video and launched the first online video ad network. After AOL (NYSE: AOL) acquired Lightningcast in 2006, Tom served as SVP Strategy overseeing strategy, strategic planning and corporate and business development for AOL’s market-leading advertising business, Advertising.com. Prior to Lightningcast, Tom founded and served as CEO of Backwire, an online and mobile messaging company that was acquired by Leap Wireless (NASDAQ: LEAP) in 2001. Prior to his career in digital media, Tom was a corporate lawyer with the global law firm Dechert.