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New CEO for Slacker

Walt Disney, Nintendo veteran coming in

Slacker Board Member Jim Cady (Left) and Incoming Slacker CEO Duncan Orrell-Jones (Right). Photo: Business Wire

Streaming music service Slacker Radio has named a new chief executive officer.

Effective Feb. 10, Duncan Orrell-Jones becomes Slacker CEO. He will oversee day-to-day operations, set product strategy and lead the continued development of its digital music service across smartphones, tablets, the Web and connected cars.

Previous CEO Jim Cady will remain at Slacker Radio as a member of the board and says he looks forward to working with Duncan Orrell-Jones “to lead the company into its next stage of growth.”

Cady says it’s a good time for the leadership change, noting that Slacker attracted 21 million more listeners in 2013. The company blends the art of human-curated music with the science of streaming, according to the executive.

Orrell-Jones joins Slacker Radio from Nintendo of America, where he was senior vice president of Network Business, leading strategy and operations for Nintendo of America’s digital business. Prior to Nintendo, Orrell-Jones was senior vice president and managing director of Disney Interactive Media Group, Asia Pacific; in that position, he led an expansion of Disney’s business on digital platforms including the launch of a Disney-branded mobile phone service in Japan.

Slacker launched in 2010. Listeners can customize their experience with ABC News, ESPN Sports, local forecasts from The Weather Channel, for example. The service is available in vehicles produced by Ford, GM, Chrysler Group, Acura, Honda, Scion, Subaru and Tesla.