LOS GATOS, Calif. -- Roku, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROKU) today announced that Chas Smith, SVP and GM of Roku TVs and players is expected to retire and leave the company at the end of Q1 2019. The company has a search underway with a leading executive placement firm to place his successor.
"I’ve been fortunate to build a talented and highly dedicated team to help me lead Roku. Over the last several years, Chas has been instrumental in transforming our business. Among many accomplishments, he took the idea of giving consumers and TV makers a simple smart TV and made Roku TV the #1 licensed smart TV platform in the US,” said Anthony Wood, Roku CEO. “We all wish Chas a long, healthy and happy retirement as he enters this new chapter in his life.”
Chas joined Roku in March 2010 as vice president of sales and led online Roku player sales. In August 2012 he assumed the role of GM of OEM to lead the Roku TV business. In December 2015 he was promoted to SVP/GM of Roku TV and Roku players – and today he also oversees Whole Home.