Management Team

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Tom Carson

President and CEO

Tom Carson is Rovi's president and chief executive officer.

Mr. Carson is Rovi's president, chief executive officer and a member of the Rovi Corporation Board of Directors. Prior to his appointment as chief executive in December 2011, Mr. Carson served as the company's executive vice president, Sales & Marketing, where he was instrumental in expanding the company globally by gaining traction for its new solutions.

Mr. Carson joined Rovi in May 2008, with the acquisition of Gemstar-TV Guide International. At Gemstar, Mr. Carson held key positions, including executive vice president of Sales and Services of Rovi, president of Gemstar's North American Guide business and president for Gemstar-TV Guide On Screen. Prior to his tenure with Gemstar, Mr. Carson held a variety of executive positions at Thomson Corporation, including Executive Vice President of Thomson's Program Office; Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing Services; and Executive Vice President, Patents and Licensing, among other roles.

Mr. Carson holds a B.S. in Business Administration as well as an MBA from Villanova University.

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John Burke

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

John Burke is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Rovi.
 
Mr. Burke joined Rovi in March of 2014 as executive vice president and chief operating officer, and is responsible for leading Rovi’s business groups in discovery technologies, including oversight of Product Management, Engineering, Office of the CTO, and Professional Services. Prior to Rovi, Mr. Burke was senior vice president, Corporate Development & Strategy, and president, Cloud Solutions Business at ARRIS Group, Inc. He 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, Mr. Burke worked in various capacities at Motorola, Inc., including senior vice president and general manager of Motorola’s Broadband Home Solutions from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Burke joined Motorola in 2000 with the acquisition of General Instrument Corp., where he spent 15 years in a variety of leadership positions, including vice president and general manager of Data & Voice CPE Solutions.
 
He holds a B.S. in business administration from The Ohio State University; an MBA from St. Joseph’s University; and attended the Executive Leadership Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business.

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Peter Halt

Chief Financial Officer

Peter Halt is the chief financial officer for Rovi.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Financial Officer in May 2012, Mr. Halt served as the company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer since May 2008 when the acquisition of Gemstar-TV Guide International by the company was completed. Mr. Halt previously served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Accounting Officer at Gemstar from March 2004 to May 2008.

Prior to joining Gemstar, Mr. Halt served in various capacities at Sony Pictures Entertainment, including serving as Chief Financial Officer of Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment from November 2000 to November 2003 and Corporate Controller of Sony Pictures Entertainment from July 1997 to November 2000. Mr. Halt holds a B.S. in Business from the University of Southern California.

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Pamela Sergeeff

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Pamela Sergeeff is the executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Rovi.

Pamela Sergeeff has served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Rovi since December 2013. Ms. Sergeeff joined Rovi (then Macrovision Corporation) in 2003. She served as the company’s senior vice president and associate general counsel from March 2011 to December 2013 and as the company’s vice president and associate general counsel from July 2007 to March 2011.  Ms. Sergeeff holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Ms. Sergeeff is a member of the California State bar.

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Samir Armaly

Executive Vice President, Intellectual Property and Licensing

Samir Armaly is Rovi's executive vice president, worldwide intellectual property and licensing.

Mr. Armaly joined Rovi in May 2008, in connection with the acquisition of Gemstar-TV Guide International, and served as senior vice president of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Rovi until his promotion in January 2012. From 2001-2008, Mr. Armaly held various positions at Gemstar in their legal group including executive vice president of IP and Licensing.

Mr. Armaly holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Bill Corry

Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations and Services

Bill Corry is Rovi's executive vice president, worldwide operations and services.

Mr. Corry joined Rovi in May 2008 in connection with the acquisition of Gemstar-TV Guide International, and served as senior vice president, Worldwide Sales Administration and Business Operations until his promotion in January 2012. At Gemstar, Mr. Corry held the position of senior vice president of Operations and Business Analysis in the North American IPG business. Prior to his tenure with Gemstar, Mr. Corry held a variety of finance and operations positions at Thomson Corporation, including vice president and CFO of Audio, Video and Accessories; general manager controlling of Sales and Marketing Services; and worldwide controller, Audio, Video and Communications, among other roles. Mr. Corry holds a BBA in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University and also holds a CPA license.

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Dustin Finer

Executive Vice President, Human Resources

Dustin Finer is executive vice president of Human Resources at Rovi.

Dustin Finer has served as Rovi’s executive vice president of Human Resources since May 2012. Prior to joining Rovi, he was chief of operations and executive vice president at MySpace, where he managed its international business unit, customer experience, business development, human resources, information technologies, administration and facilities groups. Prior to this role at MySpace, he was chief people officer responsible for all HR, IT and administrative functions. Before joining MySpace, Mr. Finer served as senior vice president of Human Resources at Fox Interactive Media, where he led human resources for News Corporation’s digital assets, including MySpace, Fox Audience Network, IGN, Rottentomatoes.com, Photobucket.com, Digital Publishing Group, and Foxsports.com. Mr. Finer also served as senior vice president of Human Resources at Gemstar-TV Guide International, and held a number of senior level roles at Ascent Media Group, including senior vice president of Global Human Resources, associate general counsel and chief litigation counsel.

Mr. Finer holds a Juris Doctorate, Top 10%, Order of the Coif, from McGeorge School of Law and a B.A in Political Science from University of California, San Diego.

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Sean Matthews

Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development

Sean Matthews is executive vice president, strategy and corporate development at Rovi.

Mr. Matthews joined Rovi in October of 2014 as executive vice president, strategy and corporate development, and is responsible for maximizing Rovi’s strategic growth opportunities, spearheading market analyses and helping define long-term product vision for the company. Prior to Rovi, Mr. Matthews served as senior vice president of strategy and corporate development for ARRIS Group, Inc. At ARRIS, he oversaw strategic planning and execution of acquisition and investment transactions for the $5 billion global media entertainment and data communications solutions business. He joined ARRIS in 2013 through the acquisition of the Motorola Home business from Google, where he served as vice president converged solutions finance. Previous to that, Mr. Matthews was vice president convergence strategy for Motorola Mobility, Inc. and held various leadership positions with Motorola, Inc., including vice president home and networks strategy, and business manager optical transport products. Prior to joining Motorola in 2002, he was the chief financial officer of Synchronous, Inc., an optical networking equipment manufacturer where he led finance and business operations.  Before that, he spent 10 years with Arthur Andersen where he had responsibility for the software and Internet technology Corporate Finance practice.

Mr. Matthews holds a B.S., Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder.