Robert Benya Named In Demand President and CEO

Robert Benya has been named president and CEO of In Demand, effective immediately.

Benya has served as interim chief executive of the company since August 2009, filling in for departing CEO Rob Jacobson, who left “to pursue other opportunities” following the expiration of his contract.

At the time Benya was named interim CEO, In Demand indicated that it was on the lookout for a permanent replacement for Jacobson. Having served on the company’s board of directors for the last five years, Benya fit the bill.

Prior to Jacobson’s departure, Benya was senior vp, video product strategy at Time Warner Cable, one of the four co-owners of In Demand. The other cable operators with a stake in the company are Comcast, Cox Communications and Advance-Newhouse, parent of Bright House Networks.

Benya’s Time Warner Cable career spanned 28 years, over the course of which he held several senior operating and corporate executive positions. There, he helped oversee development of a number of advanced TV services, including: digital TV, VOD, ITV and Start Over.

“Bob takes the reins of In Demand during a transformative time for the industry, as transactional products, authentication, interactive and digital delivery will require his expertise,” said Matt Bond, chairman of the board of In Demand and executive vp, content acquisition for Comcast.

 “Bob is the right leader to guide this company into the future to ensure In Demand’s continued innovation and leadership on behalf of its owners and affiliates.”