RealNetworks has experienced a huge shakeup over the past couple years. Its founder Rob Glaser left the CEO’s office. The company spun off or eliminated many of its traditional businesses, cutting hundreds of jobs in the process of streamlining its strategy. And just recently the company accepted the resignation of CEO Bob Kimball, after little more than a year in the role.
What better time for a big employee meeting? This is what’s known in corporate management circles as a “challenge and opportunity.”
And it appears that Glaser is back in the role of chief cheerleader.
“Looking forward to a great RealNetworks company meeting in the morning!” the RealNetworks founder and chairman posted on Twitter last night, giving a sense for the tone that the employee confab is likely to take.
To be clear, Glaser has stated adamantly that he’s not interested in going back to the role of CEO. The board has appointed a senior executive, Mike Lunsford, as interim CEO while it searches for a replacement.
No doubt the meeting will be focusing on what’s ahead, including the launch of its Unifi cloud media service. We’ve asked RealNetworks for more information about what’s being discussed at the meeting, and we’ll update this post if we hear back.
Update: More evidence of Glaser as chief cheerleader. Here’s the picture he tweeted this morning, with the message, “I believe.”