Pete Thompson, vice president of Microsoft Mediaroom, has joined the board of directors of SeaWell Networks.

Thompson brings extensive market awareness, knowledge and experience to the SeaWell team. Since joining Microsoft in 2006, Thompson’s successes include the development of a breakthrough in Natural User Interface with Microsoft Surface and leading the largest gaming and social network in the living room with Xbox Live.

“Thompson brings proven leadership experience and a diverse industry background to the SeaWell team,” said John Major, chair of board of directors at SeaWell Networks. “This, combined with his unmatched enthusiasm, will be a strategic asset in helping SeaWell expand to further successes.”

“At SeaWell, our mission is to provide operators with the same capabilities and level of control over multiscreen as they’re used to in the IPTV or cable environment,” said Brian Collie, CEO of SeaWell Networks. “Thompson has deep expertise and understanding of the unique dynamics of IPTV, as well as the evolving market requirements giving rise to innovation in multiscreen.”

“There has never been a more exciting and challenging time to be in the TV industry. I am delighted to join the Board of Directors at SeaWell Networks given the strong management team and market potential for this company,” said Thompson. “Contributing to the success of pay TV providers and their multiscreen strategy is our mission.” 

Before joining Microsoft, Thompson developed new products and services at T-Mobile, Graviton, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola and Levi Strauss & Co. Thompson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Economics at UCLA and a Master’s Degree in Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.