Rovi Corp. has named Thomas Carson as president and chief executive officer effective immediately, and also has elected him to the Rovi board of directors. He succeeds Alfred J. Amoroso, who will assist with the transition.

Carson was promoted from executive vice president of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, a role he assumed with Rovi’s 2008 acquisition of Gemstar-TV Guide International. He held several senior positions at Gemstar, including president of the North American IPG business and president for North American CE business.

Rovi Corp. offers extensive entertainment discovery solutions for television, movies, music and photos to its customers in the consumer electronics, cable and satellite, entertainment and online distribution markets