If you have had a chance to peek into my LinkedIn Profile you can see all of the details around every position I have held, but I am especially proud and humbled of the 111 written recommendations from my peers, managers, customers and industry connections who have seen my leadership and contribution style first hand.  

his positive energy and leadership style

I had the pleasure to work with Russel at Verizon and I was really impressed with his positive energy, leadership style and technical abilities. He can motivate and lead a group of highly technical individuals and/or at the same time roll up his sleeves to jump on any complex issue. Also his ability to understand and master new and complex concepts and translate these to Engineers or Executives gives him an exceptional skill that is hard to find. I would recommend Russ to anyone looking for a highly technical leader.

Giovanni Navas
Distinguished Engineer

built most capable and talented teams

I have worked with Russell for about two years now, through the evolution of Verizon Digital Media Services. When I worked with Russell while he was an individual contributor, I found him to be extremely knowledgeable about video, media delivery, content management, and tools. He was also very easy to work with. After Russell became a Director, I was impressed with him in an entirely different way. He had built from scratch one of the most capable and talented teams I have seen in a long time with a wide range of IT and video skills. I would highly recommend Russell in both individual contributor and leadership roles.

Eric Klings
Product Manager

resourceful and knowledgeable

Russell is a resourceful and knowledgeable problem solver with a keen awareness of media and IT issues and solutions. I enjoy working with Russell as part of a team in addition to experiencing his leadership style.

Laura Gross
Senior Engagement Manager

an aura of positive energy

Russ carries an aura of positive energy, excitement, technical knowledge, thirst to make the company/himself better, and always makes time to help his team up and down the chain of command. He is one of the best leaders, technologist, and all around team players that I have had the pleasure of working with. Throughout my time working with Russ, he never lost aura. On the contrary, it grew, due to his hard work, self-reflection, attention to detail, and determination. He continues to inspire me to be a better father, husband, and professional.

Jon Roth
Technical Project Manager

amazed to see how beautifully he managed a team of developers

I feel really fortunate to have worked with Russell on the iFi.io project. Being a developer I usually came across different challenges and on each hurdle, Russell helped me to arrive at a concrete solution with an in-depth technical discussion. I was amazed to see how beautifully he managed a team of developers, providing absolute freedom to every one of us to experiment and excel and at the same time maintaining a cohesive balance. Working with Russell was a charm as he is extremely supportive and always willing to share his knowledge. Atop all, he always values humanity over anything else. I will always treasure the experience of working together.

Arup Bhattacharya
Full Stack Developer

fantastic people skills

Russell has a unique combination of skills and experiences that sets him apart. He knows technology and how to utilize it to achieve the goal. He is business savvy and considers the costs and long term goals of the business in his solutions. Russell has fantastic people skills managing his team, working with people across departments, communicating with executives and relating with the customers. With little direction Russell can step into complex ambiguous situations and can quickly bring order. He is the “go to guy” for the most challenging problems.

David Sumka
Product Development

strong technical knowledge and uplifting attitude

During my time at Level3, Russ has quickly become a technical leader in the organization, showcasing a very strong technical knowledge and uplifting attitude. Always coming to the meeting with a smile on his face, customers can tell he is passionate about his products and he makes sure to explain how it will improve their organization. With a strong attention to details, he is able to orchestrate and work with multiple internal stakeholders to deliver an outstanding customer experience. I would certainly wish to have him back on my team !

Gautier Demond
Vice President Sales

it gets done and done right

I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to have Russ as part of my Professional Services team. He is an innovative thinker and problem solver who is welcomes the challenge to roll up his sleeves and get a job done. He also has the ability to instill confidence in with his clients, team members and his superiors. If Russ is on a project, it gets done and done right. Any organization is better off with Russ’ involvement.

Jeff Hargleroad
EVP Professional Services

large amount of new customers in a short time

Russell’s energetic, results focused and technologically savvy approach helped a lot to steer Verizon Digital Media activities to the rapid and effective deployment and ability to onboard a large amount of new customers in a short time. Russell proved to be a very knowledgeable person in many areas – Internet routing and HTTP streaming, broadcast streams acquisition and media storage. Combining both his personal expertise and good personal and management skills Russell had created and led an A-team of professionals that was able to quickly create and deploy trials, discover and implement new solutions as well as to support customers during migration projects. It was my pleasure and honor to be part of the professional services team under the leadership of Russell Khaimov.

Alex Tiraspolsky
Senior Solutions Architect

conscientious leader

I have worked with Russell before on large-scale, video encoding projects, as well as M&A activities within Verizon. Russell is a detail-oriented, conscientious leader, with a solid ability to align the IT priorities with the business needs

Igor Kantor
Senior Manager

fantastic people skills managing his team

Reza Shafiee

Russell is an experienced, dedicated professional with high quality delivery communication and execution. He has demonstrated fantastic people skills managing his team working with cross functional team and solving problems with strategic vision and efficient cost and efforts. He is very creative, innovative and has been a great pleasure knowing him and working with him.

Reza Shafiee
Technology Fellow

thoughtful technical leader

Russ is a thoughtful technical leader with a terrific grasp of the complex Media & Entertainment industry. I was very impressed with how quickly he came to learn technical details about our product, and how he could apply that knowledge to help shape the product direction. I highly recommend him and would love to have a chance to work with him

Kanwaldeep Kalsi
Account Director

expertly skilled in team management

Worked with Russell for several years, he’s an excellent worker and high moral standard. He’s expertly skilled in team management, enterprise IT, Video systems, and the like. For further recommendation i’m available by phone, just message me on LinkedIN

Shawn Satterly
Principal Engineer - Video Product

leader in digital media

Russ is a leader in digital media integration and technology advancement. When there are questions about capabilities, vendor options or integration cross-points Russ has a can-do approach to problem solving and goal attainment. Russ is also very capable at explaining technology to customers and has a very easy going approach which puts customers at ease.

In short, Russ is a leader in the emerging technology field, and a key asset on a team-or leading a team.

Ethan Dreilinger
Account Director

exceptional leadership skills

Russ partnered with NBC Sports in the launch of Formula One’s F1 TV ott service in 2018. A consummate professional and always adding value to any engagement we had with him and CenturyLink CDN, Russ is the type of person you always want on the call. He brings with him not only deep knowledge in cloud and video delivery, but also has exceptional leadership skills and tailors his approach to the person he is helping. I look forward to working with Russ in any capacity and recommend him highly to any one in need of a trusted advisor and manager.

Andre Vawdrey
Director, D2C Technology

brilliant team he had put together

Russ is one of the greatest problem solvers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. His tenacity and ability to challenge the status quo for approaching a technological problem is one of his greatest strengths. Simply put, he has helped me out a bunch of times when my projects were in a bind and I honestly can attribute the successful launches of a couple of my products to him and the brilliant team he had put together at Verizon Digital Media Services.

Hani Batla
Product Manager

right there with us in the trenches

When Revolt was launching the digital brand on revolt.tv and the Revolt app, we were dealing with many of the issues of a startup; tight timelines, budget considerations, a thousand moving parts, evolving business strategy. Russ and the VDMS team were right there with us in the trenches throughout by writing code on the fly for us, and delivering great streaming services, CDN resources and OTT solutions. I finally went home the day of the Revolt network launch and watched on my iPad and thought that the content looked better there via VDMS than on my TV via cable. I put these guys through the ringer, and they never faltered. I recommend Russ and his team, and the VDMS technology solutions they deliver.

Josh Hatter

an incredible manager and mentor

I had the pleasure of working with Russ, a manager who was not only reliable and supportive, but also inspired the team to always try our hardest. In the short time that I worked with him, he was incredibly resourceful and helped me tremendously in my professional development as a software engineer. He assisted me in setting realistic goals for our weekly sprints, pushed the team towards test-driven development, and also provided the resources to learn different technologies, such as Ionic Framework, Firebase and Jenkins. All in all, Russ was an incredible manager and mentor who would make a great addition to any organization

Navin Abichandani
Full Stack Developer

innovation in a fast moving M&E sector

Ralf Jacob

I had the pleasure of working with Russel right after our shop was acquired by Verizon. Russel was key in determining immediate points of integration having been part of the due diligence team. He is a strategic/technical leader that envisions outcome and possibilities of innovation in a fast moving M&E sector. Russel has the ability to clearly communicate visions to his peers. He is a team player executives like to lean on for straight forward feedback and decision making

Ralf Jacob

exactly the sort of team Russell put together

Content delivery solutions are made by a complex eco-system of large-scale systems and a great professional services team is the one that has a good understanding of the subsystems and how they can scale. That is exactly the sort of team Russell put together at Verizon. My interactions with his team were around telemetry and performance measurement of CDN and I was impressed by how well they knew the space and knew how to efficiently measure and report metrics to their customers.

Hossein Lotfi
Director, Performance Engineering

recruited, built up and led a high performing team

Jay Cee Straley
Distinguished Engineer

adept at complicated project management

I had the distinct pleasure of working with Russell Khaimov for two years at Verizon’s Digital Media Services group. Russ and his team assisted sales and our customers with technical insights and integration and Russ proved especially adept at complicated project management including an international integration I was working on. I would heartily recommend Russ as a strategic thinker with exception – highly current – technical skills and the ability to manage and execute very complicated projects.

Jim Ballard
Account Executive

built a team that in my history is still the strongest

Russell is not only an attentive manager but he is also a technologist. It’s very rare to find a manager who can effectively balance the administrative duties that come with being a leader while still holding onto a passion for technology. Russ built a team that in my history is still the strongest team I have ever been on. He set the teams goals and worked tirelessly to ensure we had the proper support to meet them. I would recommend Russ to any company looking for a technologist with excellent leadership qualities.

Matt Spidella
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff

a positive effect on our business beyond building revenue

I had the pleasure of working with Russ at VDMS and always admired his growth-mindset. This leadership style had a positive effect on our business beyond building revenue; specifically Russ could be counted on to promote innovative ways of solving challenges, build team confidence and collaboration all while increasing client engagement and most importantly, in building trust and commitment to achieving our goals!

Suzanne (Haskell) Barker
Divisional Vice President

the only person during my tenure to be recognized as our “Outstanding Employee”

As the President & CEO of a NYC financial brokerage firm I had the opportunity to see Russ perform very early in his career. It was clear from the outset that he was dedicated and committed to performing at a high level on whatever he was tasked with. Russ was a hard and efficient worker from Day 1, and was the only person during my tenure to be recognized as our “Outstanding Employee” in his very first year with the firm. Clearly he was on his way to bigger and better things, as his terrific resume consistently confirms. Great job Russ!!

Richmond T Fisher
President and CEO

fountain of information

I worked under Russell’s Business Technology team at Verizon. Russell’s a fountain of information about the latest product releases, competitive stats, and creative ways to solve customer problems. Working for Russ was a breath of fresh air as he tirelessly worked to put his team members in the best positions to succeed. I have personally enjoyed working for Russ and will continue to try to stay connected with him throughout my career.

Edison Tien
Distinguished Member of Technical Staff

a leader every step of the way

Russ has been a constant in the evolution of Verizon Digital Media Services from startup to the mature video platform and content delivery network it is today. He has been a leader every step of the way. His broadcast engineering experience has helped use set the long-term technology roadmap that gave our teams clarity and focus. His quick-thinking and innovative style have kept our sales and delivery teams continuously thinking about how we can deliver value for he customer. He is a “Swiss army knife” of problem solving, able to go from code level diagnostics to large scale technology strategy planning and executive communication. I have enjoyed working with Russ immensely and my personal challenge will be to see how I can stay connected with him throughout our professional careers. He is a friend and an advisor.

Nick Strauss
Advisor to Technology M&E Executives

cutting edge technical solutions

I have known and worked with Russell for close to 3 years now. Russell is just the person an organization needs to drive towards state-of-the-art, cutting edge technical solutions. His background in IT and Digital Media technology as well as experiences gained as a serial entrepreneur, enable him to see the holistic picture instead of just technology or business by itself. He steps up when the problems are the toughest. It is a pleasure to work with him and to learn from him and the excellent team of specialists he has assembled as director.

Ashraf Yussouff
Senior Manager