RealNetworks, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), today announced an orderly CFO transition plan.
Christine Chambers, Real’s current CFO, will be leaving Real on July 31, 2022 to pursue another opportunity. To fill her role, the Company announced the hiring of Brian McClain. Mr. McClain joined the Company as a full-time strategic advisor on July 6th and will succeed Ms. Chambers as Interim CFO and Treasurer on August 1, 2022.
“On behalf of everyone at Real, I want to thank Christine for her many contributions to the Company and for the thorough and professional way she is handling this upcoming transition,” said Rob Glaser, Real’s CEO. “I wish Christine the best in her future endeavors.”
Mr. Glaser continued, “We are excited to have Brian McClain join our senior team as Interim CFO and Treasurer. Brian is a very experienced and accomplished leader and CFO with 25 years of financial and business leadership roles in technology and manufacturing companies, including several stints and businesses that are highly aligned with Real’s growth initiatives. Brian has already started working with Christine and the senior team at Real and I expect a very smooth transition.”
Mr. McClain most recently served as President and CFO of Pelco, Inc., a leading computer security company, where he managed customer care, supply chain and purchasing, engineering development, finance, human resources, IT, and sales. Prior to that, as CFO of LOUD Audio, Brian directed all financial, accounting, and IT functions for a $75 million professional audio and music products company. Prior to LOUD Audio, Mr. McClain worked in a number of manufacturing related industries including paper and packaging, as well as Aerospace where he held progressive levels of responsibility at the senior level.
Commenting on his new position, Mr. McClain said, “I am excited to join the Real team. I look forward to being a part of the Company’s transformation from pure software to software and hardware and the continued investment in AI.”
Building on a rich history of digital media expertise and innovation, RealNetworks has created a new generation of products that employ best-in-class artificial intelligence and machine learning to enhance and secure our daily lives. Real’s portfolio includes SAFR, the world’s premier computer vision platform for live video, KONTXT, an industry leading NLP (Natural Language Processing) platform for text and multi-media analysis, and leveraging its digital media expertise, a mobile games business focused on the large free-to-play segment. For information about all of our products, visit www.realnetworks.com.
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