Otello Corporation announces termination of AdColony CEO
The Board of Directors of Otello Corporation today announced the departure of AdColony’s Chief Executive Officer, Will Kassoy. Mr. Kassoy will step down from his position effective immediately. Lars Boilesen, Otello CEO, will act as interim CEO for AdColony while the company searches for his permanent replacement. Mr. Kassoy’s severance will be paid according to contractual obligations.
The Chairman of Otello’s Board, Audun Iversen, thanked Mr. Kassoy for his service with AdColony.
2017 has been a disappointing year for AdColony, which has been impacted by product delays and poor execution in the midst of a strong and growing mobile advertising market. Based on the preliminary numbers and developments thus far in 4Q17, Otello expects AdColony’s revenues to be down between 5 and 10% versus 3Q17.
Despite the challenging year, AdColony remains uniquely positioned to play a key role in the massive mobile advertising market as the largest independent mobile video advertising player. AdColony’s strong SDK footprint, publisher and developer relationships coupled with some of the brightest minds in the industry are all key components that Otello believes will lead to AdColony's return to growth and profitability.
The mobile advertising market remains strong. AdColony is experiencing increasing gross margins in 4Q17 compared to 3Q17. In addition, the restructuring announced in connection with Otello’s 3Q17 report has been successful, and we expect to enter 2018 with a cost base 40% below where we entered 2017. The persistent cost focus has lowered AdColony’s break-even run-rate significantly and has set AdColony up for a faster return to profitability.
Otello continues to have a very strong financial position, which was further enhanced by the sale of SurfEasy in November 2017. In addition, continued strong performance from Bemobi and Skyfire’s turnaround makes us optimistic looking into 2018.
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Petter Lade, CFO
Phone: +47 91143878
About Otello: Otello holds shares in several different businesses, including AdColony which helps publishers monetize their content through advertising and advertisers reach the audiences that build value for their businesses, capitalizing on a global consumer audience reach that exceeds 2 billion; Apps and Games (Bemobi); "Performance & Privacy" (Skyfire); and Connected TV (Vewd).