Getty Images commits to consumer as it launches new Innovation Group; appoints Chief Innovation Officer

 In Company News, Innovation

Technology veteran Steve Heck to lead new strategic, cross-functional team to spur further growth and new revenue streams within the consumer technology market.


Seattle, Washington – 01 June, 2016: Getty Images, the world’s leader in visual communications, has today announced the formation of a new Innovation Group: a division of experts focused on meeting the media company’s evolving customer needs, as well as exploring further growth and new revenue streams within the consumer market. Steve Heck, who has served as Getty Images’ Chief Technology Officer, has been appointed as the leader of the specialist group, holding the coveted role of Senior Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer.


Reporting to Chief Executive Officer, Dawn Airey, Heck will develop Getty Images’ global innovation practice, leading a dedicated team focused on creating and experimenting to continue to advance the company’s existing product portfolio, as well as develop new consumer propositions. Leveraging the company’s considerable assets, knowledge and experience, the group will be tasked with creating engaging products and services that supports the company’s overarching mission to continually break new ground and bring Getty Images to the widest possible audience.


“From the launch of our embed initiative, to cutting-edge partnerships with Apple, Facebook, Skype and Oculus among others, Getty Images has long been synonymous with innovation.  The new Innovation Group is an exciting step forward in the consumer future of Getty Images and delivering our world-class content to an even broader global audience,” says Dawn Airey, CEO, Getty Images. “With the inception of the Innovation Group, Getty Images puts an even larger focus on creating the products, services, and technologies that will allow us to break new ground and get ahead of the needs of consumers in this rapidly changing digital world.”


The Innovation Group will be focused primarily on research and development with a simple mission: to imagine and experiment. Core areas of concentration will initially centre on technology, with the group revolving and rotating to focus on projects and initiatives across the spectrum of the business.


“The end goal is for the Innovation Group to serve as a catalyst for the company’s strategy of Getty Images Everywhere; taking our portfolio of world-class content to everyone – whether that’s a media outlet, an advertiser, or someone who simply loves catching up on their favourite events through imagery. We know speed, discovery, reliability and quality of images will become even more important as the volume of content online continues to rise exponentially and Getty Images is committed to leading the charge,” said Steve Heck, Senior Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer.


Airey added: “Over 97 per cent of visitors come to our websites to look at – not purchase – amazing imagery. This booming appetite for content presents immense opportunity. It is our commitment to meet consumers with our content in a way which suits them, a commitment we have now cemented with the creation of this group under Steve’s strong leadership.”


In connection with this appointment, Getty Images also announced that Nate Gandert has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer and Jon Miller has been promoted to Chief Information Officer.


The Getty Images Innovation Group will be recruited and appointed in the coming months.



Steve Heck

Chief Innovation Officer, Senior Vice President

As Chief Innovation Officer, Steve Heck is responsible for leading Getty Images’ Innovation Group to spur further growth and new revenue streams for Getty Images within new and existing markets.

In this role, Heck oversees a dedicated research and development team that explores emerging technologies to generate new, or improve exisiting products in Getty Images’ portfolio.

Formerly Chief Technology Officer at Getty Images for seven years, Heck has also held the positions of: Vice President of Architecture and Emerging Technologies, Vice President of Web Technology, Vice President of Enterprise Architecture, and Director of Business Intellegence at the company. Prior to Getty Images, Heck was a database engineer for Photodisc, later acquired by Getty Images.

Heck has a personal history in innovation, as the solo inventor on a patent for a system that matches meaningful keywords in block text with relevant images, as well as co-inventing several other patents.


Nate Gandert

Chief Technology Officer, Getty Images

As Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Getty Images, Nate Gandert is responsible for leading Getty Images’ overall technology strategy and vision. He oversees the development of the company’s e-commerce platform and websites, as well as search architecture with the aim of enriching Getty Images’ extensive product offering to better serve customers worldwide.

Nate brings more than 20 years of industry experience with a focus on e-commerce from the areas of product development, performance and scale, enterprise architecture, and search.

His career at Getty Images spans over 11 years during which time Nate has held vice president positions in application development, technology and engineering.  Prior to Getty Images Nate held vice president and leadership roles at numerous companies in the e-commerce and media sectors.


Jon Miller

Chief Information Officer, Senior Vice President

 As Chief Information Officer, Jon Miller is responsible for leading Getty Images’ overall Information technology strategy, vision and execution. This includes overseeing all internal systems, user experience and architecture, as well as Getty Images’ Media Manager Software as a service product offering.

Miller brings over 20 years of technology leadership experience to the role, with a diverse career which has seen him leading all aspects of technology in varied contexts, from small startups to large enterprises.

Miller has been with Getty Images for over eight years, previously holding vice president positions in technology and enterprise technology. Prior to Getty Images, Miller was Head of Technology for a privately held Seattle based Software Company where he led technical and product changes resulting in customer and revenue growth.


About Getty Images:

Getty Images is the most trusted and esteemed source of visual content in the world, with over 200 million assets available through its industry-leading sites and The Getty Images website serves creative, business and media customers in almost 200 countries and is the first place people turn to discover, purchase and share powerful content from the world’s best photographers and videographers. Getty Images works with over 200,000 contributors and hundreds of image partners to provide comprehensive coverage of more than 130,000 news, sport and entertainment events, impactful creative imagery to communicate any commercial concept and the world’s deepest digital archive of historic photography.

Visit Getty Images at to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of still and moving imagery in communication and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life.  For company news and announcements, visit our Press Room, and for the stories and inspiration behind our content, visit Stories & Trends. Find Getty Images on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

Recent Posts
Contact Us

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Not readable? Change text. captcha txt

Start typing and press Enter to search