Hulu focuses on growth strategies with new CDO and CTO appointments

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Entertainment and technology company Hulu announced that it has hired a new CTO and its first chief data officer.

The company also put in place a new structure that aligns its executive management and teams around four strategic priorities: the subscriber journey, technology and products, content, and advertising. The new structure is designed to bring more agility, technical stability and alignment as Hulu continues to grow.

Dan Phillips, former COO at TiVo Inc., joined Hulu’s executive management team as CTO and will be responsible for aligning the company’s technical and product strategy with its core business strategy to more effectively innovate and deliver on consumer and partner needs.

In this role, Phillips will oversee a newly-unified Technology & Product organization spanning engineering, data center operations, network and broadcast operations center, IT, and program management, as well as product management, user experience and product development.

Hulu also appointed Jaya Kolhatkar, former senior vice president, Global Data and Analytics Platform at Walmart Inc., to the newly-created executive management role of chief data officer. In this position, Kolhatkar will be responsible for elevating Hulu’s customer intelligence, implementing strong data governance, and driving a culture of objective, data-driven decision making across the company.

In her prior role, Kolhatkar oversaw the large global team responsible for Walmart’s enterprise data warehouse, big data environment, real-time predictive analytics platform and business intelligence tools.

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