Pandora Appoints Steven Kritzman to Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales
OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Pandora (NYSE: P), the popular Internet radio service, today announced the appointment of Steven Kritzman to the role of Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales, reporting to Chief Revenue Officer John Trimble.
In his new role, Kritzman, who has been at Pandora since 2009 as the Director of Sales for the New York and mid-Atlantic region, will be responsible for setting and executing the U.S. sales strategy for the company’s Digital, Network Radio, and Spot Radio businesses. Additionally, he will manage Pandora’s national advertising sales teams.
Prior to joining Pandora, Kritzman spent more than 10 years at Clear Channel, where he held several leadership positions. His last role at Clear Channel was Director of Sales for five New York radio stations (Z100, WKTU, WLTW, WWPR, WAXQ) and was responsible for over $200 million dollars in top line revenue.
“As Pandora continues its rapid growth, making strategic decisions and effectively executing our advertising sales strategy requires a strong and innovative leader,” said John Trimble, Chief Revenue Officer of Pandora. “Steven’s impressive track record and vast experience in both radio and digital is a huge asset as our ad sales team capitalizes on the convergence of digital and radio advertising solutions.”
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