New York and London – September 17, 2013 - Shazam®, the world’s leading media engagement company, today proudly announces that Kevin McGurn has been named Chief Revenue Officer. His focus will be to accelerate the company’s revenue growth by driving Shazam’s global television and mobile advertising sales and spearheading the expansion of key partnerships. With his background working with leading companies such as Hulu and NBCUniversal, McGurn brings a wealth of experience to Shazam as it solidifies its leadership position in mobile-based media engagement.
“With more than 15 years of online media experience selling to some of the world’s most renowned brands,Kevin is a world-class professional who knows how to accelerate revenue growth, making him the perfect addition to lead our Sales and Business Development teams,” said Shazam CEO Rich Riley. “Our ongoing work with leading brands and agencies will be a key revenue driver, and Kevin will be instrumental to growing and scaling Shazam’s business.”
The growth and development of strategic partnerships – including music labels, OEMs, platforms, carriers, broadcasters and global brands – is another important component of Shazam’s continued dominance in mobile discovery. McGurn, who will be based in New York, will continue to leverage and strengthen these relationships to ensure Shazam is available everywhere and that people discover and use Shazam for music, television and all other forms of entertainment content. Shazam is currently available on every major platform and works with major carriers around the world.
“I am incredibly excited about my new role with Shazam as its Chief Revenue Officer,” said McGurn. “Shazam is an amazing global brand that people love to use – and love to show off to their friends – which provides an outstanding platform on which to build new partnerships and drive new revenue opportunities.”
McGurn joins Shazam from Hulu, where he has served as Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales for more than six years. He also led the national advertising and media business at NBBC (the National Broadband Company, an NBC Universal venture marketplace for digital video syndication).
McGurn joins Shazam as the company is aggressively recruiting and expanding its offices and operations in the new U.S. headquarters in New York, the western regional sales office in Los Angeles and the corporate headquarters in London. In New York, Shazam recently leased an entire floor at 52 Vanderbilt Avenue in midtown Manhattan and plans to roughly double the size of its New York operations. In London, Shazam has expanded its Hammersmith offices, taking an additional floor in anticipation of doubling London-based staff in the coming months. Earlier this year, the team in Los Angeles moved to their new offices in Brentwood and is forecast to see 50% growth in personnel by the end of the year.
Shazam is one of the most popular apps of all time, used by hundreds of millions of people globally to connect to the world around them. Building on its pioneering leadership in music identification, Shazam now helps people discover, interact with, and share video, audio, or printed content on TV, radio, movie screens, magazines, newspapers, packaged goods, and retail stores -- and now Shazam lets music fans follow their favorite artists to see their Shazams and share in the thrill of discovery. The app has exceeded 20 billion total Shazams since its launch, and users Shazam over 20 million times each day. For more information on how Shazam has created new technology tools for brands to utilize data visit www.shazam.com