Bill Patrizio, formerly the president of consumer media for RealNetworks, was appointed CEO of Rhapsody International, the parent company of music streaming service Napster. Patrizio previously served as the interim CEO at Rhapsody since May. With the new, permanent position he is now leaving his role at RealNetworks.
Before joining RealNetworks, Patrizio founded and led strategy consultant Opaka Partners and served as CEO of digital media software and broadcast services company Red Bee Media. He also held leadership positions at Technicolor, The Walt Disney Company and Universal Studios.
“Rhapsody and Napster are the vanguards and pioneers responsible for today’s phenomenon that is the music streaming industry. It is a privilege to lead this company and define a path forward that allows us to continue to participate in the growth of music streaming and subscription services worldwide,” Patrizio said in a press release. “The opportunity ahead to bring Napster’s experience, superior technologies, and products to more businesses and consumers worldwide is immense. I look forward to building upon our progress to drive business growth and profitability.”
— Tableau announced that Starbucks chief technology officer and SVP Gerri Martin-Flickinger joined its board of directors. She joins former F5 Networks CEO John McAdam and several other Seattle technology leaders and venture capitalists on the company’s board.
“Tableau’s innovations have changed how people work with data at scale,” Martin-Flickinger said in a press release. “I am excited to join the Tableau Board of Directors and share my technology experience and commitment to operational excellence and innovation. Making smart decisions supported by data is critical to all organizations, so I am looking forward to supporting Tableau’s mission of helping people see and understand their data.”
Tableau, a pioneering maker of data visualization software, is now led by former Amazon Web Services executive Adam Selipsky.
— Giving Compass, a Seattle-based nonprofit that provides information and resources for individual philanthropists and donors, announced Wednesday that social entrepreneur Ben Klasky has been appointed as the organization’s CEO as it officially spins out from Giving Tech Labs, where it was incubated. Klasky joins the organization from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he was the deputy director of philanthropic partnerships.
“The potential for Giving Compass is truly remarkable.” Klasky said in a press release. “85% of donors say they want to give with impact, but only 9% compare organizations to assess their relative impact. Giving Compass provides philanthropists with their own trusted destination to conduct research, in the same way American investors regularly rely on financial portals to research the stock market and investment opportunities.”
— The University of Washington Information School added Smartsheet CEO Mark Mader to the school’s Founding Board, a group of business and community leaders that advise and promote the school’s work. Mader, formerly a senior vice president of global services for Onyx Software, has led Bellevue enterprise software maker Smartsheet since 2006.
“In an increasingly information-driven world, I share the iSchool’s passion for discovering more effective ways of using information to help people and organizations learn, innovate, and connect,” Mader said in a press release. “I look forward to contributing to the growth, success, and impact of the iSchool as it connects people with the right information at the right time, and harnesses information’s potential to be an agent for positive societal change.”
Mader joins executives from Starbucks, Microsoft and Nordstrom on the board.
— Maven, a private media network based in Seattle, promoted Josh Jacobs to president and executive chairman. He will work in tandem with Maven CEO and Founder James Heckman. Jacobs joined the company in June as its co-chairman and a full-time officer.
“At the outset, Maven’s team, technology and strategy was as compelling as the obvious need in the marketplace and so I was excited to join the board, invest and help launch the company,” Jacobs said in a press release. “But the coalition’s rapid growth, scale, performance of the platform and the reception from the advertising community at every level motivated me to throw 100 percent focus into helping lead this market-changing coalition. The dual opportunity to lead our executive team and board over the coming years is truly exciting.”
— Global health nonprofit PATH promoted Cara Bradley to Chief Corporate Engagement Officer. Bradley joined PATH in 2015 and formerly served as its director of global corporate engagement. She formerly held roles at the International Rescue Committee, UNICEF-UK and several other nonprofits.
“Cara has over 12 years of experience designing groundbreaking industry partnerships with leading international NGOs,” Elaine Gibbons, PATH VP of global engagement and communications, said in a press release. “Her strategic relationship management skills, organizational savvy, and proven execution skills position her well to take the corporate engagement team to the next level of maturity.”
The nonprofit also announced that Kathryn Kennedy joined as head of media. Kennedy joins PATH from Zulilly, where she was the VP of global customer acquisition, and has previously held leadership roles at Amazon, Expedia and several other companies.