Vidyo Appoints Former Microsoft Executive as CMO and SVP of Corporate Development

Jan 4, 2011

Ashish Gupta Led Business Development and Strategy for Microsoft Office Division’s Unified Communications Group

HACKENSACK, NJ- January 4, 2011 – Vidyo®, Inc., the first company to deliver personal telepresence, announced today the appointment of Ashish Gupta as Vidyo’s CMO and SVP of Corporate Development. Gupta is an industry veteran with extensive experience as a VP of Marketing, VP of Product and Solutions, and VP of Business Development.

“Ashish Gupta brings a wealth of industry experience to lead Vidyo’s marketing and corporate development efforts,” said Ofer Shapiro, co-founder and CEO of Vidyo.  “He has successfully led product marketing, product management, channels and business development teams in unified communication, collaboration, mobile and telecom companies with a focus on growing and scaling the business.  He is a proven and seasoned leader who brings to Vidyo a demonstrated track-record and a passion for our business.”

“Vidyo offers a game-changing solution to the age old problem of proprietary and expensive legacy video conferencing systems that has resulted in islands of collaboration within enterprises,”said Ashish Gupta, Vidyo’s CMO and SVP of Corporate Development. “Vidyo’s architecture has a several-year technology lead over legacy systems, is available today, and is being used by marquee customers and partners to deliver unmatched video collaboration solutions. Vidyo provides pristine video conferencing solutions that have democratized video collaboration by allowing customers to use off-the-shelf laptops, desktops and mobile devices to collaborate freely at price points that are substantially lower than legacy systems.  In a relatively short time, Vidyo has made a significant impact on the video conferencing and communications industries, and I welcome the opportunity to contribute to its continued success.”

Ashish joined Vidyo on January 3, 2011, from Microsoft, where he was an integral member of the executive team that recently launched Microsoft’s Lync solution as the leader of the Business Development and Strategy team for the Microsoft Office Division’s Unified Communications Group. During his tenure at Microsoft, Ashish also led the Channel Sales and Marketing team for the Real Time Communications group to increase performance through new channels and inside sales, led and managed key Microsoft Office and Unified Communications and Collaboration strategic alliances to increase customer adoption, and co-led key strategic initiatives including the development of Microsoft’s Mobile Worker, Contact Center and Hosted Unified Communications offerings to deliver holistic communications and collaboration solutions.

Prior to Microsoft, Ashish was VP of Product and Solutions at Alcatel/Genesys Telecommunications and VP of Marketing and Business Development at Telera Inc.  As a management consultant for Braxton/Deloitte Consulting, he advised several large networking, hardware and telecommunications clients on new growth and market development initiatives.  He also held product marketing, product management and channels positions at HP, Covad and OnFiber.

Ashish has an MBA from UCLA and a BS/BA in Computer Science and Economics from Grinnell College, IA, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa scholar and the recipient of the Robert Noyce Fellowship award and two Alfred Sloan Scholarships to drive solar-based refrigeration projects in India and eco-tourism activities in Costa Rica.

About Vidyo, Inc.

Vidyo, Inc. pioneered Personal Telepresence enabling natural, HD multi-point videoconferences on desktop computers and room systems, and VidyoCast, an affordable cloud-based broadcast solution. Vidyo’s patented VidyoRouter architecture delivers the only available H.264/Scalable Video Coding (SVC) solution that eliminates an MCU while delivering the industry’s best error resilience and lowest latency videoconferencing and broadcast solutions over the Internet. The company has been active in various standards bodies driving H.264 SVC interoperability since 2005.  Learn more at or follow Vidyo on Twitter@Vidyo.

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