The digital publisher today announced four key appointments, including Todd Carter as head of operations.
Lakana, the digital publisher software-as-a-service provider, on Tuesday announced a new management team composed of existing and new staffers.
Todd Carter will be the group’s head of operations, responsible for overseeing the critical functions of client relations, customer support and professional services as well as ensuring operational excellence across the company. He previously headed product and technology for Internet Broadcasting.
Before joining IB he led global technology architecture at Best Buy, overseeing the development and operations of all technology supporting international expansion into Mexico, China, UK and Turkey as well as a new e-commerce platform for Canada and the UK.
Charles Im has been named Lakana’s new head of technology, responsible for managing the company’s technology infrastructure with a focus on serving customers’ needs and developing new products. In his new role, Im will lead teams that deliver innovation by implementing software product strategies and refining technology infrastructure / methodologies aimed at simplifying IT complexity.
He previously served as CTO for Enterprise Technology Group , where he co-founded and built the EndPlay content management platform which is now an offering of Lakana.
Reed Varner joins the new leadership team as VP of agency services. A 16-year veteran of IB, Varner will lead Lakana’s agency business and diversifying offerings.
Lisa Bishop joins the company as VP of product strategy. She and her team will be responsible for driving new products and monetization solutions to Lakana’s 300-plus television-station, newspaper, magazine and brands clients. A veteran of local broadcast media, she will also help maintain the organization’s focus on innovations for local broadcast markets.
She brings more than 15 years of broadcast TV and digital-media experience, including working as VP of digital media at Gray.
“Our leadership team today comprises creative and diverse professionals with a shared commitment to establish Lakana as an industry-leading provider of cutting-edge digital publishing and content management solutions,” said Phillip Hyun, Lakana’s president, in a statement. “We are delighted to have Todd, Charles, Reed and Lisa on our executive team at this exciting time in Lakana’ss evolution and look forward to their contributions as we continue to pursue new initiatives in product innovation and client services, which are important factors in achieving our goals for near- and long-term growth.”