Sezmi names industry vets to COO, CTO roles

Fri, 07/25/2008 - 8:15am
Traci Patterson

Startup digital media company Sezmi Corp. has named two industry veterans to its executive team – Kevin Grundy and Michael Youssefmir. Grundy joins Sezmi as its COO, and Youssefmir will serve as the company’s CTO.

In May, Sezmi – previously called Building B – unveiled its next-generation TV 2.0 service, which delivers all TV content – including broadcast and cable network programming, movies and Internet video – in a single package (story here).

The company said in May that it was starting trials in pilot markets in preparation for a commercial launch with broadband service providers and national retailers later this year.

“Phil Wiser and I started Sezmi because we identified a consumer need to advance and improve the television experience,” said Buno Pati, Sezmi’s co-founder and CEO. “Our first step was creating the right team with the right experience to make the company successful. Kevin Grundy and Michael Youssefmir complement our executive team and bring the talent and experience needed to drive innovations that will continue to move Sezmi forward.”

Prior to joining Sezmi, Grundy served as CEO for a number of companies, including NextNet Wireless – a pre-WiMAX wireless supplier that was purchased by Motorola – and SiliconPipe Inc., a copper interconnect technology development company. He co-founded Telocity to develop a cost-efficient, self-install DSL platform.

Prior to joining Sezmi, Youssefmir served as senior director of product management at Bytemobile Inc., a mobile Internet software and infrastructure provider. Prior to Bytemobile, Youssefmir spent six years at ArrayComm Inc.

“Sezmi is developing smart and cutting-edge technology that meets the demands for today’s television viewers,” Youssefmir said. “With fundamental shifts underway in the industry, it’s an exciting opportunity to be part of a company on the forefront of the next generation of television.”

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