CafeMedia announced today the appointment of Michael Lee, Executive Vice President, Head of Engineering and John Clyman, Executive Vice President, Product Engineering. Lee will be responsible for leading and growing CafeMedia’s engineering team to enable the company to rapidly expand its products for independent publishers and creators, and Clyman will lead a team focused on innovations and product development in SEO and audience development. Both will report into Chief Product Officer, Evan Simeone.
As the EVP of Engineering, Lee will lead the engineering, developer operations, and IT teams and drive the long-term technical vision behind the company’s creator-first mission. In his role, he will be responsible for bringing our core publisher monetization product offerings to the next level and leading new product development as we expand into new areas.
In the newly created EVP, Product Engineering role, Clyman will focus on accelerating the company’s audience development offerings for independent publishers and creators. This will include oversight and expansion of the company’s recent acquisition of content optimization feature, Topic, and its new Content Ideas product.
“The company has been focused on rapid growth of new features and products that help our publishers make the most money, and drive long-term success and thriving businesses,” said Evan Simeone, Chief Product Officer, CafeMedia / AdThrive. “With Michael and John now onboard, we have two exceptional industry leaders, who will enable us to bring together the deeply interrelated functions of product and engineering so we can move faster toward providing CafeMedia and AdThrive publishers with even more cutting edge technology.”
Michael Lee, EVP, Engineering, adds: “CafeMedia’s industry leading technology has helped the world’s highest-quality independent publishers grow incredible businesses. I share a passion for the company’s mission to build a creator-first future and fulfil on the promise of the open web, and am excited to join the team at this pivotal moment in advertising to take our technology to the next level.”
John Clyman, EVP Product Engineering, comments: “CafeMedia is not only the industry leading ad management company, but has also pioneered what the future of best-in-class services should be for independent publishers with the integration of its new content optimization features. I’m excited to join the team and lead the development of more features and technology that will help them generate even more awareness and more deeply engage with their communities.”
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