RealNetworks Appoints Thomas Nielsen President & CEO
SEATTLENovember 1, 2011RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNWK)
today announced that its board of directors has named Thomas Nielsen as its new president and chief
executive officer. Nielsen, who will also become a member of its Board of Directors, starts at
RealNetworks on November 9th.
After an extensive and thorough search, were delighted to have selected Thomas as our new CEO,
said RealNetworks company founder and board chairman Rob Glaser. Thomas is a terrific product
executive who has also demonstrated exceptional business and leadership skills. Hes a perfect
fit to take RealNetworks into the future. We will leverage Thomas extensive background in
customer-driven product strategy and delivery to ensure RealNetworks strategic plan is focused and
optimized for growth.
I am honored to be joining RealNetworks, an industry pioneer in digital media applications and
services, Nielsen said. While theres a lot of work to do, RealNetworks has incredible and
unique assets upon which to build, including a very talented team. Im excited about the
opportunity to help lead RealNetworks on to the next great chapter in its success.
Nielsen, 41, most recently served as vice president of the Digital Imaging Group at Adobe Systems,
leading the business unit for Adobes largest product line which includes Photoshop, Elements and
Lightroom, in addition to mobile, web and tablet solutions. While at the helm of Adobes Digital
Imaging Group, Nielsen was responsible for over $500 million in revenue. Prior to his seven years
at Adobe, Nielsen spent five years at Microsoft in the digital media space. Nielsen spent the
first nine years of his career at MGI Software Corp., a Canadian digital imaging software company.
Nielsen has a B.S. in Computer Science from Tietgen Business School in Denmark.
Nielsen will be taking over from Mike Lunsford, who has served as interim CEO since March 2011.
Lunsford, who has been an executive at RealNetworks since 2008, will continue to work at
RealNetworks in a senior capacity, reporting to Nielsen.
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