September 16, 2013, 11:22 AM

Pandora Internet radio appoints a marketing expert as CEO

Brian McAndrews succeeds retiring chief executive Joe Kennedy.

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Brian McAndrews

Pandora, which provides personal streaming radio stations to consumers, has appointed Brian McAndrews as CEO, president and chairman. He succeeds Joe Kennedy, who is retiring.

McAndrews joins Pandora from investment firm Madrona Venture Group, where he was a venture partner since 2009, according to his LinkedIn profile. Previously, from 2007 to 2008, he was senior vice president, advertiser and publisher solutions at Microsoft Corp., following Microsoft’s 2007 purchase of the digital marketing company aQuantive, which he’d led as president and CEO since 1999. Before that, he held senior positions at the Walt Disney Co., American Broadcasting Co. and General Mills Inc., according to his profile.

McAndrews also serves on the board of directors for The New York Times Co., online food ordering retailer Grubhub Seamless and app advertising company AppNexus, Pandora says.

“No one better understands the intersection of technology and advertising, which he clearly demonstrated during aQuantive’s meteoric rise,” says Tim Westergren, Pandora’s founder and chief strategy officer. “He has a recognized ability to set strategy, lead large teams and drive growth and innovation at great scale.”

Pandora is No. 363 in the 2013 Top 500 Guide. Last year, the company’s revenue increased 87% year over year to $34.4 million in annual web sales.

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