Less than two years after he left Microsoft for HBO, Otto Berkes is being promoted to lead the New York-based network’s global technology operation.
HBO today said Berkes will become chief technology officer on March 31, replacing Bob Zitter, who is retiring after 30 years with the company.
Berkes was part of the original Microsoft team that created the Xbox. Among his later projects was a prototype tablet computer created years before the iPad appeared. He left Microsoft in 2011 and was hired as HBO’s senior vice president of digital products.
At HBO, one of the recent moves by Berkes was to open an engineering office in Seattle, where he plans to start with a dozen engineers complementing the New York team.
“Over the last year, Otto’s experience and functional expertise have helped elevate HBO’s technological agility, enabling us to meet the growing needs of our subscribers in an era of constantly emerging new media platforms,” HBO Chief Executive Eric Kessler said in the release. “Under his leadership, we believe that HBO will remain at the forefront of the industry.”