Following a successful launch in Australia and New Zealand late in 2012, Pandora Internet Radio has reacted to the growth, expanding it's local team.
As a result of the move, Rick Gleave will step into the role of Business Development director ANZ and Hazel Savage joins as Pandora’s community manager ANZ.
Pandora's ANZ MD Jane Huxley has been the sole local Pandora representative thus far, but she says the rapid uptake and growing popularity of the service across the region has paved the way for expansion of the local team.
Gleave is making the move to Pandora from Fairfax as director of Mobile, where he will be responsible for pursuing new opportunities and potential partnerships within the market.
Bringing over five years working within the digital music industry, Savage's key responsibility will be to drive and manage social media across the region, following roles at Shazam, Universal Music Group and Australian Chamber Orchestra.
"The last six months have been an amazing time of growth, challenges and most exciting of all, positive feedback from listeners," Huxley says.
"The Australian and New Zealand market has taken to Pandora with a passion, which has created the need to expand the team quickly.
"I’m thrilled to have Rick and Hazel on board.
"Rick’s extensive track record in the mobile space makes him a valuable addition to the team, particularly considering over 75% of Pandora’s traffic comes from mobile devices.
"Hazel’s love of social media and her broad music industry experience makes her the perfect candidate to manage our local online communities and talk to our listeners through social channels.
“I’m thrilled as I look ahead and anticipate the experiences, growth and milestones this team will accomplish, which will be driven by Australians’ and New Zealanders’ love for music.”