We're pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Ringer to Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Asia Pacific region. Brian will be responsible for leading and executing the strategic growth of Rhapsody’s business across the region.
Asia is experiencing rapid growth in music streaming and subscription, brought about by a growing middle class, smart device penetration and better infrastructure. We're committed to participating in this regional growth and are dedicating significant resources to making it happen. "Brian has been one of our most valuable leaders and is a key architect of everything successful at Rhapsody-Napster today," said Bill Patrizio, President and CEO. "He will be responsible for all aspects of the APAC business, from product through to partners, and delivering the business results we anticipate."
"I am excited to be taking the role of EVP and GM for the Asia Pacific region," said Brian. "The amazing growth we are starting to see in Asia in both usage and variety of streaming music services is the perfect fit for our 'Powered by Napster' strategy and product and service offers."
Brian has served as EVP Operations and Chief Technology Officer of Rhapsody International since 2010 where he directed all of Napster's product, technology and operations. Prior to his role at Napster, he was VP of Platform Services and Music technology at RealNetworks. He's led the technology efforts of a variety of digital music companies such as CheckOut.com, Amplified Music, ArtistDirect and Warehouse Music. He holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from UCLA.
About Rhapsody International, Inc.
Rhapsody International is a pioneer in digital music and a leading provider of music streaming technologies and services for businesses, including some of the world's most recognized and respected consumer services companies. Rhapsody operates the Napster platform in 35 countries with a premium subscription service giving millions of subscribers unlimited ad-free access to the music they love anywhere, anytime and on any device – online or offline. Napster combines the iconic history of one of the most recognizable music brands in the world with the vast experience and technological platform of Rhapsody International Inc., the industry's first subscription streaming service provider. Rhapsody is headquartered in Seattle, with offices across the U.S., Europe and Latin America.
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