PALO ALTO, Calif. – Gigya, Inc., the leading widget and content sharing platform for the social web, today announced that Jake Winebaum has joined Gigya’s board of directors. Winebaum was until recently the chief executive officer and founder of Business.com. He is currently working on a new start-up. As a board member, Mr. Winebaum will provide strategic oversight to Gigya’s direction and progress.
“I am thrilled that Jake has agreed to share his time and expertise with Gigya,” said CEO Dave Yovanno. “The opportunity to add an internet media and publishing leader of Jake’s caliber to our board is extraordinary. With his track record of success in new media, and as a driving force behind bringing Disney into the Digital Age, Jake understands the intersection of digital and traditional media and will be a significant contributor to Gigya’s success.”
A media industry veteran, Mr. Winebaum co-founded eCompanies and prior to that served as chairman of Buena Vista Internet Group (BVIG), encompassing Disney.com, ESPN.com, ABCNews.com, ABC.com, and Family.com, and also as president of Disney Online, where he led the team that extended the Disney brand onto the Internet. Jake took on the role of president of Disney Publishing after The Walt Disney Company acquired FamilyFun magazine, a publication which he founded and for which he served as president, editor and publisher.
“Gigya is one of the most innovative companies helping to shape the next generation of the Internet, and it’s an honor to join their board,” said Winebaum.” The company is playing a critical role in how content is shared across a distributed and social web, and I’m looking forward to helping the team as they continue to grow and evolve.”
In addition to Yovanno, Winebaum joins current board members Michael Eisenberg of Benchmark Israel and Navin Chaddha of Mayfield Fund, as well as Eyal Magen, CSO and Eran Kutner, CTO, two of Gigya’s three co-founders.
Gigya’s technologies give people the power to socialize and share content across the web, providing publishers and marketers with powerful tools for increasing audience reach and engagement online. Reaching more than 174 million people each month, Gigya’s technology platform includes world-class sharing, analytics and monetization features. The company’s products simplify access to more than 50 unique web platforms, distributing content across the social web and bringing users’ social graphs to any site. Each day, millions of people use Gigya to engage with their friends and with content from Gigya’s publisher and advertiser clients such as CNET, DoubleClick, Electronic Arts, Levis, MTV, RockYou!, Toyota, Unilever and Walmart.