Management Team

Gene J. Zimmerman, President, CEO

Founder of Cobalt in 1997, Gene Zimmerman made his name in broadcast working for Odetics and then as a consultant for National TeleConsultants. While consulting, Zimmerman worked on high profile projects such as the build out for Fox News in New York, and the 1996 and 2002 Olympics. As the President and CEO of Cobalt Digital, Zimmerman is the public face of the company at industry tradeshows and events. A thought leader, Zimmerman is able to influence the public discourse and shape the industry as it transitions into the next generation of technology. Zimmerman is a long-time member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and supporter of the standardization work of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He is based at Cobalt’s headquarters in Champaign, Illinois.

Anthony Clark, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operations Officer

In his dual role as executive vice president and chief operations officer, Anthony Clark is responsible for ensuring compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements, ensuring efficient operations and proper management of resources, and keeping financial records. In the manufacturing industry since 1979 and with Cobalt since 1998, Clark holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois and a Master of Business Administration from Eastern Illinois University. He is based at Cobalt’s headquarters in Champaign, Illinois.

Christopher Shaw, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing

An industry veteran, Christopher Shaw has experience taking engineering driven technology companies and growing them into market leaders for their given technology. Shaw is responsible for revenue generation for across the globe, managing both the sales team and the company’s marketing efforts. He has created Cobalt’s dealer network and orchestrated Cobalt’s growth in international markets. An apt negotiator, Shaw is responsible for contracts and business development for Cobalt. Shaw first started with Cobalt in 2006. He is based in Texas.

Dr. Ciro Noronha, Executive Vice President of Engineering

Dr. Ciro Noronha is executive vice president of engineering and was one of the founders of ImmediaTV Corporation, acquired by Cobalt Digital in 2016. Dr. Noronha holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica, Brazil, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He has worked in the compressed video over IP space since 1995. Noronha has previously held engineering management positions at Optivision, SkyStream, Tandberg Television, and Ericsson, having led the development of a number of compression and networking products, including encoders, decoders, transcoders, gateways, and multiplexers.  In 1999 and 2001, he had appointments as Consulting Professor at the Electrical Engineering Department at Stanford University. Dr. Noronha is the author or co-author of a number of academic papers and has six issued patents.

Ryan Wallenberg, Vice President of Engineering

As vice president of engineering, Ryan Wallenberg oversees the engineering department and sets the product development direction for Cobalt — a role that involves working with customers to understand requirements, working with the design group and product manager on product specifications, managing Cobalt’s various core engineering teams, and reporting directly to top-level management. Wallenberg joined Cobalt in 2007 as a product engineer involved in many aspects of a product lifecycle, working on everything from low-level schematic and PCB design all the way to firmware development. In 2013, while still involved in product development, Wallenberg shifted his core focus to team management when he became the leader of the embedded engineering team. He was promoted to director of engineering in 2014 and vice president of engineering in 2016. Wallenberg earned two bachelor’s degrees from Illinois Institute of Technology: one in electrical engineering and the other in computer engineering. He is based in Champaign, Illinois.

Kyle Wilken, Vice President of Firmware

As vice president of firmware at Cobalt Digital, Kyle Wilken oversees the company’s embedded development and works with customers to define requirements for future engineering projects. Wilken joined Cobalt in 2013 as a senior FPGA developer. He then served as embedded development manager where he has had a significant impact on many groundbreaking technologies including HDR, Text-to-Speech, EAS, and 4K video processing. Before Cobalt, Wilken worked 12 years in the medical imaging and defense industries. Wilken graduated in 2001 from Bradley University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He is based in Champaign, Illinois.

Nicholas Maag, Director of Manufacturing

Nicholas Maag has spent nearly 10 years as production manager at Cobalt Digital, where he manages the company’s supply chain, purchasing, and production schedules. In addition, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Cobalt’s contract manufacturers, test department, and shipping/receiving activities, and he also works closely with engineering, sales, and accounting teams to ensure customer satisfaction. Before joining Cobalt, Maag spent two years as purchasing and inventory manager at scientific instrumentation manufacturer ISS. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Illinois State University and works at the Cobalt headquarters in Champaign, Illinois.