ActiveVideo has promoted Ronald Brockmann to CTO.

The position has been open since Rogers Communications hired away ActiveVideo’s previous CTO, John Callahan, almost a year ago.

Brockmann was working for Avinity Systems when ActiveVideo acquired it three years ago. The two companies, considered competitors, had been following parallel paths on different continents, ActiveVideo in North America and Avinity in Europe and Asia.

Avinity was endeavoring to marry cloud rendering of UIs and HTML5 when nobody else was putting that combination together, noted ActiveVideo CEO Jeff Miller.

The result was the CloudTV H5 platform which Miller said helped ActiveVideo win the business of Ziggo in the Netherlands, and earned the company a licensing deal from Motorola, which recently decided to use ActiveVideo technology to help render HTML5 elements in the cloud for delivery to older set-tops that lack the ability to do so.

Prior to joining Avinity, Brockman was co-founder and CTO of No Wires Needed, which participated in the development of several IEEE 802.11 standards. 

BrockmannMiller said, “With Avinity, he pioneered cloud technologies that paralleled our own, so he made a convincing case that our two companies should work together.  As I recall, what REALLY sold us was that we’d get Ronald in the deal.”

He added “Ronald is the kind of guy you want in the technology driver’s seat.”

Commenting in a blog post, Miller noted how the industry is gaining enthusiasm for the notion of cloud-based user interfaces (UIs). “As the industry expands the push to cloud-based UIs, it’s become more and more important that we have a CTO who can fill two critical roles:  driving our technology and product direction and instilling in our customers an absolute and unwavering confidence in the ability of our CloudTV platform to meet their needs.”