Espial is transforming viewing experiences worldwide by enabling video services at web speed and web scale. From immersive user experience and discovery solutions to advanced cloud-based platforms, Espial solutions help service providers manage, deliver and monetize video and entertainment services. Espial’s customers span six continents, have deployed tens of million devices, and are serviced through Espial’s global sales, support, and innovation centers across North America, Europe, and Asia.
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Director, President and Chief Executive Officer
Jaison Dolvane is the CEO of Espial. Jaison co-founded Espial in 1997, and has led the company from a start-up to a global business, has raised over $100 million of financing, transitioned Espial into new markets, drove M&A transactions and led Espial to a successful Initial Public Offering in 2007. Jaison has also led the acquisition and structuring of customer and partner deals with some of the world’s largest consumer electronics, service providers and network vendors. Prior to Espial, Jaison held various roles at Nortel, Bell Northern Research, Entrust Technologies and Corel. Jaison actively speaks and participates at industry events and panels for the broadcast, Pay TV and Smart TV industries. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science, Business from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Jaison is also a member of the prestigious Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a global community of business leaders.
Director, Chief Technology Officer
Kumanan Yogaratnam is the co-founder and CTO of Espial, which he co-founded in 1997 with Espial CEO Jaison Dolvane. Kumanan is responsible for the architectural direction for the broad range of Espial products. He leads the design and creation of Espial’s core technology and infrastructure that drive Espial’s carrier grade and highly scalable client and server products for the Pay TV and Smart TV markets. Kumanan holds Master’s and Bachelor’s of Computer Science degrees from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
Vice President of Worldwide Engineering and Operations
Yvonne Holland heads up Worldwide Operations and Engineering at Espial. Yvonne has led key areas in telecommunications and broadcast companies for the past 18 years. At Espial, she is responsible for Product Development, Customer Care and IT, as well as Elevate SaaS Operations. Prior to joining Espial, Yvonne was Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Product Development at Ross Video Ltd., where she led the global development teams, managed MIS, and was responsible for advancing infrastructure and processes to support the company’s growth. Yvonne holds a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and an Executive MBA from the University of Ottawa. She enjoys cycling, relaxing at her cabin on the Mississippi River, and spending time with her husband and their dog.
Chief Financial Officer
Carl Smith joined Espial as Chief Financial Officer on March 24, 2008. Mr. Smith is a Chartered Accountant, has more than 20 years’ experience in finance and executive leadership positions in public and private high technology companies. Most recently, from 2003 to March 2008 he held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Nuvo Network Management, a public company traded on the TSXV that was acquired by a leading US based software company. Prior to Nuvo, Mr. Smith served as CFO of OZ Optics and held senior finance roles at JetForm Corporation. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Windsor.
VP of Product Management
Mick McCluskey is Espial’s VP of Product Management and is a seasoned executive leader with over 25 years’ experience in defining and delivering product strategy and leading strategic customer engagements. Mick has a track record of focus on go-to-market strategies, building and accelerating revenue streams, delivering SaaS-based solutions and has a laser focus on customer satisfaction. With Espial Elevate, Mick is driving a truly disruptive TVaaS solution which permits payTV operators achieve business success in a rapidly changing market.
Dilshan De Silva
VP, Pay TV Solutions
Dilshan De Silva is VP, Pay TV Solutions at Espial and he heads the business unit serving Espial’s traditional Pay TV customers. He is responsible for product management, development and professional services for Espial’s G4 STB Client Solutions, IP Video Back-office, and Smart TV Solutions. While at Espial, Dilshan has led the development of software solutions for set-top boxes, mobile and consumer electronics devices across technologies including IPTV, WebKit Browser, HTML5 UX, RDK, Android TV, Java, and Digital Video Broadcast systems. With more than 20 years of experience in the Telecom, Cable and Consumer Electronics industry, he has delivered solutions to millions of consumer devices in the Pay TV and Smart TV markets across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Prior to Espial, Dilshan held engineering roles at Corel and Entrust Technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Carleton University.
VP Sales, North America
Matt James is Espial’s Vice President of Sales, North America. He is a seasoned business leader with notable successes in driving sales, market development and marketing organizations in the Pay-TV industry. Prior to Espial, Mr. James was Senior Vice President of North American Sales at TiVo and held a series of sales leadership roles at Alcatel-Lucent. He has an exceptional background in building successful teams and businesses in the North American IP Video marketplace.
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The Pay TV industry is on the edge of enormous change and Espial is leading the charge. This $300 billion industry is facing unprecedented headwinds from Over-the-Top competitors, including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and more. These new entrants have wowed consumers with superior performance and user experience. Despite this, Pay TV is still the preferred choice for consumers all over the world. Espial redefines video experiences by blending Web, live TV, video-on-demand, personalization and other advanced features to bring web and OTT functionality to Pay TV subscribers.