Company veteran has held several senior executive positions prior to taking the helm, effective immediately.
Foundry today announced that Jody Madden has assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Madden joined Foundry in 2013 and has held positions as Chief Operating Officer and most recently, Chief Customer Officer and Chief Product Officer. Over the past six years, Madden has been instrumental in leading the company’s growth. Prior to joining Foundry, she spent more than a decade in technology management and studio leadership roles at Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm, and Digital Domain after graduating from Stanford University.
Last month, AWN chronicled the company’s March 2019 $544 million acquisition by Roper Technologies, the latest in a series of increasingly valued financing deals dated back to the 2007 purchase by Digital Domain for $9.8 million. The leading CG content creation software developer owns a software product roster that includes leading compositing software tool, Nuke, as well as Athera, a cloud-based end-to-end virtual VFX production pipeline solution.
“I’m thrilled to be taking on the CEO role at this unique time in our company’s history,” Madden commented. “Over the years I have worked at Foundry, I have seen the amazing things the talented people in our business can do, and I continue to be inspired by the images created by our customers. During a time of rapid change in creative industries, Foundry is committed to delivering innovations in workflow and future looking research. As the company continues to grow, delivering further improvements in speed, quality and user-experience remains a core focus to enable our customers to meet the demands of their markets.”
Former CEO, Craig Rodgerson, stated, “Jody is well equipped to lead Foundry’s ongoing strategic direction from her roles within the business already. Her technology, product and operational experience impressed me from the outset and enabled us to make some key directional changes to the business. I am personally delighted to be handing over the reins to such an outstanding leader.”
Robinson added, “Jody is well known for her collaborative leadership style and this has been crucial in enabling our engineering, product and research teams to achieve results for our customers and build the foundation for the future. I have worked closely with Jody and have seen the difference she has made to the business so I am extremely excited to see where she will lead Foundry in her new role and look forward to continuing to work with her.”
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.