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Pandora founder Tim Westergren takes the helm as CEO

Staff writer | Oakland, Ca., USA | March 30, 2016
Tim WestergrenMarch 30, 2016, Oakland, Ca., USA - Pandora, a music platform, appoints founder Tim Westergren as CEO and announces management team changes.
Mr. Westergren, Pandora’s founder, served as Chief Creative Officer and Treasurer from February 2000 to May 2002, as Chief Executive Officer and President from May 2002 to July 2004, and as Chief Strategy Officer from July 2004 to February 2014. He has served on Pandora’s board of directors from the company’s inception.

Prior to founding Pandora, Mr. Westergren worked as an independent musician, composer and record producer and has over 20 years of experience in the music industry.

He founded what ultimately became Pandora in 2000 with the Music Genome Project. He is an award-winning composer and accomplished musician with 20 years of experience in the music industry – spanning production, audio engineering, film scoring and live performance.

Trained as a jazz pianist, his musical background spans such genres as rock, blues, jazz and classical music.

Mr. Westergren holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University, where he studied computer acoustics and recording technology.

Pandora also introduced a new management structure:

Mike Herring, as President and Chief Financial Officer, drives monetization of Pandora’s core business covering revenue, music licensing, finance, legal, and information technology. He will also continue to focus on driving efficiencies and expanding margins.

Sara Clemens, as Chief Operating Officer, focuses on growing and scaling the business and operating new ventures. Her responsibilities include music makers, Ticketfly, international, human resources and corporate development.

Pandora’s Chief Product Officer Chris Phillips, is responsible for product, engineering and marketing. His team will develop, deliver and drive adoption of products that connect fans and artist in new ways, including on-demand, and help advertisers reach their audiences.

Brian McAndrews, former Pandora's CEO, is leaving the company.

Current independent board member Jim Feuille is Chairman of the Board.