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Tech Leadership Changes Afoot at Pandora

Streaming audio firm promotes two as CTO departs

There’s a change in the technology leadership team at Pandora.

Chris Martin has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer and Steve Ginsberg has been promoted to Chief Information Officer.

The changes were sparked by the departure of CTO/EVP of Product Tom Conrad, who’s leaving the company after nearly 10 years. He led Pandora’s engineering and product organization from the product’s inception and has guided the team as they delivered evolving playlist techniques, mobile, consumer electronics and in-car listening technology, as well as advertising solutions.

Pandora says Conrad is expected to work part-time for three months and then will transition to a consulting role for the Internet audio company.

“Our team of engineers has developed some of the most innovative music technology in the world and changed the way we all consume music,” said Pandora’s new CTO Chris Martin. “Tom [Conrad] and I have built an incredibly strong team, and I am energized by the opportunity to help Pandora drive forward the future of radio.”

Pandora is also creating a new Chief Product Officer position and is looking for someone to fill that role.

Martin joined Pandora in 2004; had been vice president of engineering, responsible for software development, quality assurance, customer support, device development, device certification and production support. Previously, he worked in various engineering roles at multiple software companies, including Quintus, Kenamea and QRS/Inovis. He will report to Pandora Chair/President/CEO Brian McAndrews.

Ginsberg came to Pandora in 2006; he was most recently vice president of Technical Operations, responsible for building and managing the infrastructure that delivers Pandora to listeners, as well as managing Pandora’s internal enterprise systems and information technology. Previously, he held management roles at DHAP Digital and MyPrimeTime Inc.

He will report to Pandora CFO Mike Herring.