DAVID J. DANTO
Poly (FOrmerly Plantronics / Polycom) 2019 - Present
Director of UC Strategy and Research
Responsibilities include Internally: help the Plantronics / Polycom team formulate and collaboratively drive the company’s collaboration strategy. Externally: represent the team, provide a conduit for customers to communicate market and user needs, and help customers, analysts and the media truly understand the value of collaboration solutions.
DImension Data Americas, New York, NY 2011 - 2019
Analyst / Principal Consultant, Collaboration / Video / Multimedia / AV
Responsibilities include providing technical and operational guidance and strategy to multiple organizations; Designing systems and solutions that promote effective collaboration; Supporting and assisting the Digital Workplace team; Creating strategic presentations for delivery to clients; Providing “thought leadership” in unified communications via blogs, articles and appearances at industry events. Providing go-to-market advice and support for select collaboration manufacturers and service providers.
J.P.Morgan Chase & Company, New York, NY, USA– London, UK 2008 - 2011
Vice President, Global Multimedia and Support Services
Responsible for the implementation and management the world’s largest commercial Cisco immersive TelePresence ecosystem. Developed and deployed a fully interoperable unified communications environment, allowing direct-dial video connections between endpoints at desktop PCs, video conference rooms, executive desktop appliances and Cisco TelePresence rooms. Designed and implemented an HD “Desktop Telepresence” system relied-upon by the firm’s senior management and operating committee. Coordinated the vendor selection and management process. Managed the Global Multimedia and Support Services Implementation team in the Global Services Organization.
Lehman Brothers, New York, NY, USA – London, UK – Tokyo, Japan 2002 - 2008
Vice President, Director of Global Multimedia Engineering
Responsible for the strategic direction, development and
implementation of global enterprise multimedia systems, including life cycle
management of media and broadcast equipment and facilities and the design of
interoperable video conference systems serving desktop, room and telepresence
environments. Manage processes of vendor
selection and standards enforcement in production, engineering and operations. Facilitate
close coordination between Corporate Communications, Facilities Management, Corporate
Services, Information Technology and the firm’s business units with centers in
New York, London, Tokyo and Mumbai, ensuring provision of reliable and
appropriate services. Annual budget of $10M in management of media infrastructure
valued at more than $80M. (Joined the
firm shortly after Morgan Stanley sold the
Morgan Stanley, New York, NY 2000-2002
Director of Multimedia Engineering
Responsible for the design, implementation and operations of television, radio and audio/visual facilities. Key team player in the coordination of activities into new media technologies. Oversight of all local and international teleconferencing and coordination of outsourced service providers. Annual budget of $8.5M in management of media infrastructure valued at more than $50M.
Bloomberg L.P., New York, NY 1995-2000
Director of Broadcast Engineering and Operations
Responsible for all television and radio technical operations including the production of news programming for broadcast and cable, network affiliates, internet live and streaming multimedia, and reports "on-demand". Provided oversight of all local and international broadcast feeds and teleconferencing via satellite, public switched network and internal WAN connection. Designed and supervised all multimedia special events and live remotes. Coordinated facility maintenance and system upgrades
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, New York, NY 1991-1995
Director of Television and Media Services
Responsible for all audio, video and audio/visual operations, centralizing and modernizing procedures and equipment. Facilitated NYU's entry into Cable Television, Distance Learning and Teleconferencing systems and technologies. Maximized and coordinated utilization of infrastructure. Coordinated in-house TV coverage of annual commencement ceremonies in Washington Square Park.
Financial News Network, New York, NY 1987-1991
Director of Engineering
Responsible for hiring and supervising the technical and operations staff, coordinating live transmissions, and purchasing technical equipment and services.
DAVID DANTO TELEVISION AND MEDIA SYSTEMS, New York, NY 1985-1987, 1991-1995
Worked on a free-lance basis as a studio designer, broadcast operations consultant / trainer, cable, satellite and microwave TV system designer, and/or video / audio / communications engineer. Clients included:
AMC *American Express * AT&T * Bloomberg Television * Charlie Rose * Court-TV * CUNY-TV / BMCC MediaCenter * Dennis Michaels Associates * EUE - Screen Gems * LRP Video Productions * MPI Productions * MTV / Viacom Networks * NBC * Nexus Video * Rowland Public Relations * Rutgers University*
Brooklyn College – City University of New York
B.A.-September 1983, Cum Laude
Television Production and Communications – Theater Production
Honors and Awards
AVIXA (formerly INFOCOMM International) (Audio Visual Industry Organization) Fairfax, VA
Adjunct Faculty Instructor for Infocomm Academy – Appointed April 2007
Recognized by the Infocomm Board of Governors and the Professional Education and Training Committee as having provided valuable assistance in the professional development of members of the industry.
Honored as one of nine Emerging Technology Fellows – June 2017
Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, University Of Missouri
Nonresidential Fellow - Appointed 2016-2017
David Danto designed, tested and detailed new low-cost, scalable video recording and archiving systems - based on emerging technologies - for public community meetings and events. By lowering the cost and complexity he developed a guide for community journalism into the new millennium.
Enterprise Management 360
Selected as the number one UC influencer – 2018
Added to EM360tech.com Advisory Board
Selected as one of the top 100 UC Influencers – 2016
USA Today (National US Newspaper) and 10 Best
Voted by readers as one of America’s top 10 bloggers on the subject of Business Travel – 2014
CTA (Formerly Consumer Electronics Association)
Selected as CES Innovations Awards Judge - 2011, 2013, 2016 - 2018
Interactive Multimedia &
Director of Emerging Technologies – Elected June 2005 and continuing to serve
Member of Executive Board of non-profit industry organization that exists to facilitate and promote the use of collaborative communication technologies. Contributor to industry publications and presenter at industry events such as InfoComm, Enterprise Connect, NAB, INTEROP, Streaming Media, CI Summit, Wainhouse Research Summit, etc.
Sound and Communications IT/AV Report, New York, NY
Editor – Appointed September 2018 and continuing to serve
David identifies, organizes and compiles articles and opinions for the twice annual Sound and Communications IT/AV Report. (In additional to his other professional responsibilities) Testa Communications and the IMCCA have asked David to provide expert guidance and thought leadership to keep the collaboration community educated and informed about the latest trends.