Nureva Inc., an award-winning collaboration-solutions company, announces the appointment of Rob Abbott as its VP, products. In his previous role as Nureva’s director, product management, Rob led the Span™ visual collaboration system product line team, bringing his considerable background and perspective to the role. In his new role, Rob will drive the company’s product strategies and road map on a global scale to create market-shaping and market-leading software, hardware and services for business and education markets.

Over a 15-year career at SMART Technologies (co-founded by Nureva’s co-founders Nancy Knowlton and David Martin), Rob held increasingly responsible positions in hardware and software product management, helping to grow the company into a Canadian technology heavyweight with almost US$800 million of annual revenue. Rob and his team were responsible for creating and introducing many of the company’s category-leading collaboration solutions.

“Over the last year, we have made considerable progress in the market, growing the Span system’s  product family on a global scale and introducing our first audio conferencing system,” said Rob Abbott. “I’m looking forward to working with my team to bring additional innovative solutions to market that will delight our business and education customers.”

“We are so pleased to welcome Rob onto Nureva’s executive team,” said Nancy Knowlton, Nureva’s CEO and co-founder. “We know from working with Rob over many years that he has the ability to drive successful product strategies that start from a deep understanding of customers and their needs.”