Our Executive Team
Mr. Michael Agostinelli joins Skitter from IPTV middleware company Conklin Corporation, where he ran the company’s commercial activities. Mr. Agostinelli has over 30 years of industry experience holding executive positions at SES Americom, General Electric, Scientific-Atlanta (now Cisco Systems), and Hughes Network Systems. His operational, technical, and financial management experience has provided the strategic vision and leadership that allowed these companies to realize profitable growth.
Bob SaundersCTO and Co-Founder
With more than 30 years of experience in computing, Internet, telecommunications, and multimedia technology, Mr. Saunders has provided the vision, business development, and architectural design for many pioneering technologies and successful businesses. Mr. Saunders founded America.Net, one of the nation’s first ISPs, and one of the first virtual ISPs, installing and running outsourced Internet services for telephone and cable companies across the U.S. In 2003, Mr. Saunders founded Infinite Video, where he architected set-top box and video encoding technologies.
Mark SauerChief Scientist and Co-Founder
Mr. Sauer is a Managing Director, Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of Skitter. Mr. Sauer has more than 15 years’ experience in the development of algorithms and software relating to video and audio compression and streaming, and has been the key developer for Skitter’s Acclaim Video Encoder and Applause Media Server. Mr. Sauer also co-invented Skitter’s prioritized Variable Bit Rate delivery method, and continues to work on better ways to deliver content from server to user, decreasing channel change times, and improving the reliability of delivery.
Mark EllisonGeneral Counsel
Mr. Ellison has represented Skitter as counsel (both outside and in-house) since 2012. Mr. Ellison was previously a partner in the Washington law firm, Patton Boggs LLP (now Squire Patton Boggs), where he specialized in telecommunications matters before the FCC and Congress. Prior to joining Patton Boggs, Mr. Ellison was Senior V.P. and General Counsel for the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) in Herndon, VA. Mr. Ellison led the NRTC into the IPTV business, securing some of the nation’s first IPTV / MPEG-4 rights from cable programmers. Mr. Ellison brings over 30 years of experience in communications law and video licensing to Skitter.
Skitter’s Chief Financial Officer, Steve Hughes, joined the company in August 2015. Prior to joining Skitter, Mr. Hughes spent 16 years at the world’s largest glass manufacturing company, Asahi Glass Company, where he held various operating and financial management positions. His most recent role there was CFO and Board Member for AGC America, Inc., where he managed accounting, tax, treasury, internal audit, and insurance and risk management for Asahi Glass Company’s $1B North American holding company.
Bill ReedVP Software Engineering
Bill brings more than 20 years of Telecommunications Business and Operations Support Systems Software Engineering experience to Skitter TV. Over his career, Bill has led strategic enterprise software implementation and integration projects for more than a dozen communications providers of all sizes, including AT&T, Cox Communications, and Dish Network. Bill has a track record of successful delivery of complex software integration projects, leading teams with more than 100 individual contributors, and managing project budgets as large as $10 million per year. Bill has also been a key contributor to multiple small technology startups.
Debby RobicVP Marketing
Joining Skitter as VP of Marketing in February, 2016, Ms. Robic brings more than 30 years of technology marketing experience and knowledge to the Skitter team. In this role, Ms. Robic is responsible for planning, development and implementation of the organization’s marketing strategies, public relations activities, and communications, both external and internal. Previously, Ms. Robic has held senior management positions in marketing and communications, and has served as an independent marketing consultant and writer, for a variety of technology companies that range from start-ups to global leaders.