SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 29, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rovi Corporation (Nasdaq:ROVI), driving digital entertainment innovation, today announced that Julian Lighton has joined the company as executive vice president of strategy and corporate development. Mr. Lighton's responsibilities include driving strategy, mergers and acquisitions, alliances, government affairs, new ventures and business intelligence, emphasizing both organic and inorganic growth initiatives. He reports directly to Rovi's president and CEO, Tom Carson. He is based out of Rovi's Santa Clara, Calif. office. "Julian brings an outstanding track record of identifying and executing on high-growth business opportunities," said Mr. Carson. "Julian's experience as a strategist and a general manager in successfully founding and scaling new businesses, entering emerging markets, and building new business models makes him the ideal choice to lead Rovi's growth strategy and drive digital entertainment innovation worldwide." Mr. Lighton has more than 20 years of experience in directing the creation and execution of highly successful corporate, business unit, and new market strategies that produce strong top- and bottom-line impact for Fortune 1000 businesses. He comes to Rovi from Neustar Inc. (NSR), where he was chief strategy officer and senior vice president for corporate development. In this capacity he was responsible for Neustar's market leading, entertainment platform - 'Ultraviolet', DRM business. Previously, Mr. Lighton served as vice president for strategy, planning and market development in Cisco's Worldwide Enterprise Business. In that role, Mr. Lighton was responsible for Cisco's global enterprise go-to-market strategy, business planning, governance and metrics, business intelligence and market development, comprising more than two-thirds of the company's $46B business. He also served as vice president of strategy, operations and business development for Cisco's Emerging Markets, which included 136 countries covering Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, Russia and Central and Eastern Europe. He successfully guided this multi-cultural, global business to grow at more than 30 percent annually for five years to become a highly profitable, five billion dollar a year business. Prior to Cisco, Mr. Lighton held senior level positions with Hitachi Americas Limited, McKinsey & Co., and Cambridge Technology Partners.