JW Player, a network-independent video platform vendor now has a European headquarters in London. It has added engineering and support operations in the Netherlands.
The headquarters will serve as the central hub for JW Player's business development efforts in the UK and Europe. It will be headed by Ryan Beebe, recently named vice president of Enterprise Sales for EMEA, a senior sales executive who for the past five years has helped grow JW Player's customer portfolio in the Americas.
"Our rapid global growth comes as nearly all companies and brands turn increasingly toward online and mobile video as a strategic imperative," said Beebe. "Our driving mission is helping media organizations and brands across Europe make the most of their video assets by extending reach, increasing engagement and driving revenue growth."
JW Player also announced that the UK's Channel 5 and the European Broadcast Union recently joined brands, media and broadcast organizations across the region—including Lagardere, Spiegel Online, Deutsche Welle, and Webmedia—that use JW Player technology to deliver video, to increase audience and to drive monetisation.
"We've established an amazing track record with some of the biggest publishers and brands in the US and around the world. As we continue to grow, it is important for JW Player to have a physical presence in Europe, where many of our customers are located," said Jeroen Wijering, cofounder and chief product officer of JW Player. "The company has roots in Europe from our earliest days, so it is very gratifying to be expanding our operations more aggressively into the region at this time. Our driving mission is helping media organizations and brands across the globe make the most of their video assets by extending reach, increasing engagement and driving revenue growth."