Philip O'Neil Appointed RealNetworks SVP/Music
February 26, 2007 at 4:24 PM (PT)
REALNETWORKS names former VIVENDI UNIVERSAL GAMES COO PHILIP O'NEIL Sr. VP in charge of its music business. He succeeds longtime REAL exec DAN SHEERAN, who will assume a new role as Sr. VP/Corporate Partnerships & Business Development.
"PHIL O'NEIL has a proven track record of excellence in executive leadership across a range of consumer businesses," said REAL Chairman/CEO ROB GLASER. "PHIL and the team will do a great job of building on the considerable momentum of our acclaimed RHAPSODY 4.0 and RHAPSODY.com products and partnerships with industry leaders."
O'NEIL said, "The digital music business is at an important stage of growth that is predicated upon the industry's ability to enhance the consumer experience, and I think REAL is ideally positioned to deliver music in all the ways that consumers want to listen. The RHAPSODY music service is well ahead of the curve in terms of providing consumers a better listening experience by providing unlimited access to millions of songs -- wherever and whenever consumers want them -- and I'm confident in our team's ability to extend that leadership position."
Of SHEERAN, GLASER said, "Under DAN's leadership over the past two years, REAL put together deep and pioneering relationships with industry leaders such as SANDISK, BEST BUY, TIVO, NOKIA and iRIVER. With nearly six years at REAL under his belt, DAN possesses a broad range of expertise that will be leveraged across our businesses in his new role."
SHEERAN said, "Major products and distribution partnerships have enabled REAL to grow our music business substantially over the past two years. I look forward to now driving such partnerships for both our music business and our other business units."