London, 17 July 2019: Foundry today announced the appointment of Jody Madden as 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, Madden 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.
Jody Madden, CEO at Foundry, commented: “I’m thrilled to be taking on the CEO role at this unique time in our company’s history. 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.”
The former CEO, Craig Rodgerson, added: “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.”
Simon Robinson, Co-Founder and Chief Scientist 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.”
Foundry develops creative software for the digital design, media and entertainment industries. With a 20-year heritage and a portfolio of award-winning products, Foundry advances the art and technology of visual experience in partnership with creative leaders around the globe.
Clients and partners include major feature film studios and post-production houses such as Pixar, ILM, MPC, Walt Disney Animation, Weta Digital, DNEG, and Framestore as well as automotive, footwear, apparel and technology companies such as Mercedes, New Balance, Adidas and Google. Foundry partners with these companies to solve complex visualization challenges to turn incredible ideas into reality.
The company’s products are used to create breathtaking visual effects sequences on a wide range of feature films, video-on-demand, television and commercials. Foundry software was integral in the making of every VFX Oscar-winning film, award-winning TV shows and commercials for more than a decade. Founded in 1996, Foundry is headquartered in London, with over 300 employees and a presence in the US, China, Japan, Australia and Europe. In 2019, the London Stock Exchange named Foundry one of the “1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.” It regularly features in The Sunday Times’ Tech Track as one of Britain’s fastest-growing private technology companies.
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