7digital are the power behind innovative digital listening experiences.
Our robust, scalable technical infrastructure and extensive global rights are used to create comprehensive music and radio services for leading consumer brands, mobile carriers, broadcasters, automotive systems, retailers, record labels, artists and agencies. Alongside proven product knowledge, we offer award-winning radio production and music curation services, superior editorial strategy and content management expertise, making us a leading partner in this space.
7digital foster industry growth and innovation by simplifying access to music for our clients such as Panasonic, Onkyo, Guvera, ROK Mobile, and The Overflow. From our years of being the largest independent producer of programming for the BBC, launching Radioplayer in multiple territories and powering services for partners like Samsung, BlackBerry and T-Mobile, 7digital are perfectly positioned to lead innovation at the intersection of digital music and next generation radio services. We are listed on AIM in London (visit our Investor page for more information).
Our flexible API allows partners to harness the power of music through download or streaming services, while we take care of highly complex infrastructure management, licensing and reporting. We have created a resilient and scalable technology platform that provides both us and our partners with the ability to innovate quickly.
We are experienced purveyors, managers and creators of content. We license music from all the major labels, local independents and publishers, bringing our global catalogue to over 45 million tracks. Alongside licensing content, we produce award-winning music radio programming for some of the world’s biggest broadcasters, as well as cutting-edge speech and video content. Our content management system allows us to do the heavy lifting for any third party that wants access to a comprehensive, legally licensed, digital music catalogue.
We’re proud to have powered services for global brands like Samsung, T-Mobile, HMV and BlackBerry, as well as for up-and-coming companies like Germany’s Artistxite or Guvera in the Middle East. We are the largest independent producer of radio programming for the BBC and supply content and services to commercial radio stations throughout the UK and beyond.
As well as providing B2B services, we run our own music store, www.7digital.com, which is localised for 20 countries. Here we promote and sell music to a large and loyal base of customers. 7digital branded mobile apps are available for all operating systems and have been pre-installed on more than 60 million devices.
Founded in 2004, 7digital now employs more than 125 people across three continents. We’re headquartered in Shoreditch in London, with offices in Luxembourg, San Francisco, New York, Manchester and Auckland. 7digital is the only UK-listed company to provide investor-exposure to the mass adoption of digital music via streaming and radio services.
7digital Group includes a portfolio of companies committed to innovation around music, radio, technology, speech and video production. From award-winning radio programming to state-of-the-art radio software, we deliver a broad range of services, catering to both businesses and consumers. Explore our group companies below.
Simon Cole, Chief Executive Officer
Simon brings 25 years of executive leadership to 7digital, having led UBC Media as a public company for over a decade. After studying Drama at Manchester University, Simon joined the BBC for his initial training in the radio medium. He moved rapidly to commercial radio, joining Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio in 1983. In 1987, after he predicted the emergence of an independent production sector, the board of Piccadilly Radio plc asked him to setup just such an operation, PPM airwaves. The company went on to establish the market for sponsored networked programmes.
In 1989 Simon left to found The Unique Broadcasting Company which became the market leader in both the production of network radio programmes for commercial radio throughout the UK and BBC Radio. In 2000, Unique floated on the London Stock Exchange as part of UBC Media Group plc with Simon as Chief Executive. UBC Media were leaders in content production and software development for the global radio and online communities. During his time as Chief Executive for UBC Media, Simon oversaw the acquisition of several production companies in both London and Manchester and drove the Company’s move into new online platforms. He was a director for Audioboo and continues to hold a seat on the Board of Audioboom.
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Pete Downton, Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Pete joined 7digital in June 2014, assuming overall responsibility for its commercial strategy. He brings over 15 years of operational and strategic experience within the heart of the nascent digital music and consumer technology businesses to the role.
Prior to 7digital, Pete held key leadership roles at Imagination Technologies, including responsibility for content and consumer experiences across both the Imagination Technologies and PURE businesses. In addition, Pete spearheaded the company’s investment in Audioboom.
Before joining Imagination, Pete spent over a decade working for Warner Music Group, holding senior management positions in the company's International Marketing and Business Development teams. He helped to build Warner Music International’s reputation as one of the most innovative, creative and respected media players in the digital arena and played a key role in establishing ongoing relationships with major global partners such as iTunes, Orange and Vodafone.
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Edward Kershaw, Chief Commercial Officer
Edward Kershaw began his career in the record industry, with label management and international marketing roles at Virgin and Decca. During this time he also worked as a consultant for EMI and Sony, and produced and edited numerous studio recordings. In 2000 he was appointed CEO of Floot.com, a pioneer music download store, before becoming Group Head of Music at Vodafone. Music was an essential part of the 2.5G and then 3G Vodafone strategy, and Edward led the launch of the first multimarket mobile music download store. Following this, he worked in entertainment service development roles at Nokia, and most recently was VP Client Services at Nielsen, where he ran global accounts with technology and telecom clients.
Matt Honey, Chief Financial Officer
Matt, a chartered accountant, originally worked with Simon Cole at The Unique Broadcasting Company where he was the Financial Director from 1992 to 2000. He managed the original public listing of what is now 7digital Group plc. Having floated the business he moved over to be the Managing Director of Unique Interactive, a new division of the plc focusing on technology and digital radio. Matt led Unique Interactive for 8 years before moving to the UK’s south coast with his family and setting up his own business providing part-time and interim financial services to SME’s.
Since leaving the group Matt has been involved with a number of businesses across a broad range of industries from post production tv editing at Splice TV Ltd to international aid development at IMC Worldwide Ltd where Matt is a non-executive director.
In March 2016, at the request of Simon, Matt returned to the group in a part time interim CFO role pending the the appointment of a new full time CFO.
Paul Langworthy, Chief Operating Officer
With over fifteen years experience in digital and content operations, Paul has worked across all aspects of the digital supply chain including metadata, rights, scheduling, asset management and distribution. Prior to 7digital, Paul was the Head of Content Operations at YouView, the UK-based connected TV service. At YouView, he was responsible for building the service’s content operation and overseeing the ingestion of 30,000 films, TV and radio programmes from broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, 5, BT, TTG, and Sky’s new Now TV service.
Before YouView, Paul spent over nine years with Universal Music Group. At Universal, he held various roles in the label’s International Digital Supply Chain Management division, helping to transform the company’s operations from a traditional physical business into a leading digital outfit. This included developing digital standards, digital distribution platforms and enabling direct-to-consumer digital distribution.
Philippe Decottignies, Chief Technology Officer
Since beginning his career in telecoms research and development for Hewlett Packard, Philippe has held senior technology roles within various companies including FORE Systems, Net.com, ZALA Telecoms, Access360 and Athéos. His expertise ranges across the VoIP (voice over IP), identity management and network equipment sectors. In addition, he has served as CEO for SAMBER VALLEY, a start-up focused on stream computing for big data.
Philippe has been involved in the digital music industry since 2002, starting with his role as CEO for start-up AGILEA which delivered digital music services with IVR (Interactive Voice Response) technology for Snowite.
Gunnar Larsén, VP Partnerships & New Business
Gunnar is a seasoned product, business development and content leader, with over fifteen years of international experience from the music, games and mobile industries. Gunnar joined 7digital from Dolby Laboratories in August 2013, where he served as its Content Services Director in EMEA, responsible for relations with key music and video services and rights-holders. Prior to Dolby, Gunnar held key positions at companies such Aspiro Music / WiMP, RealNetworks / Rhapsody, Mobile Innovation (which was sold to Macromedia), and he was the product manager for the first ever mobile game that won a BAFTA: SMS Chess for Sony Ericsson's P800. Gunnar was born in Sweden, and has lived in Germany, Alabama and California.
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Amy Wallace, VP Legal & Business Affairs
Amy is a digital rights, commercial and technology lawyer with over six years’ post-qualification experience. Amy heads up the legal and business affairs team at 7digital, tasked with licensing music content from labels and publishers, and licensing out 7digital’s software and services.
Amy trained at Olswang, and joined 7digital from Sony Music Entertainment in July 2013. At Sony Music, Amy worked with International General Counsel on the company's international legal affairs and industry related matters, including litigation, e-commerce and regulatory work. Amy qualified as a Media, Communications and Technology lawyer at Olswang with experience in rights management, technology contracts, and brand protection. Amy holds an LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Bristol, and undertook the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School. Amy is acting for 7digital's permanent VP of Legal, Jill Levene who is on maternity leave.
Kellie While, Head of Production
Kellie joined the Smooth Operations team after spending much of her life as a professional singer and musician. Her radio production credits include the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, the Radio 2 Folk Awards, the Radio 2 Young Folk Award and coverage of the Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections and BBC Electric Proms as well as events such as The Radio Academy Awards and Radio Festival, and ad hoc documentaries and programmes for Radio 1, Radio 2 and 6 Music, Radio 4, BBC World Service, Radio 5 Live and Sky Arts. Kellie was appointed Head of Production at 7digital in 2015 and leads all activities across the production businesses.
Paul Shannon, VP Technology
Paul joined 7digital in the summer of 2011 as a developer in the API development team. Before joining 7digital he had previously worked in the legal and mobile industries. He was a pivotal member of the team that adopted Agile, Lean and XP practices at vehicle finance and tech company, Codeweavers Ltd, during his seven years there. Shortly after joining 7digital, Paul formed and led the Content Ingestion Team and was appointed Assistant VP of Technology in 2012. He worked closely with the previous VP of Technology to grow the team and help them scale the API platform to support the changing technology and music landscape.
Paul is a regular speaker at universities and conferences around Europe. He focuses on topics around process improvement, testing, recruitment and team dynamics. He has also contributed to 3 books with chapters on his experience of adopting quality driven software practices. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Nottingham.
Board of directors
Sir Donald Cruickshank, Non-Executive Chairman
Sir Donald Cruickshank has been Chairman of Audioboo Limited since April 2010. Sir Donald has served as a director of Qualcomm Incorporated since June 2005. He was Chairman of Clinovia Group Limited from January 2004 to February 2007 and Formscape Group Limited from April 2003 to December 2006 and was a member of the Financial Reporting Council, the body in the UK responsible for oversight of the Accountancy and Actuarial professions and for corporate governance standards, from June 2001 to June 2007.
Sir Donald has extensive experience in a number of areas, including European regulation and telecommunications. Sir Donald’s career has included assignments at McKinsey & Co. Inc., Times Newspapers, Virgin Group plc., Wandsworth Health Authority and the National Health Service in Scotland. Sir Donald served as Chairman of the London Stock Exchange from 2000 to 2003 and as Director General of the UK’s Office of Telecommunications (Oftel) from 1993 to 1998. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Chairman of Action 2000, the UK’s Millennium Bug campaign. In 1998 Sir Donald was appointed as
Chairman of the Government’s Review of the UK banking sector, and from 1999 to 2004, he served as Chairman of SMG plc.
Sir Donald holds an M.A. degree in Law and an honorary L.L.D. degree from the University of Aberdeen and an M.B.A. degree from Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester.
Paul McGowan, Non-Executive Director
Mr. McGowan founded retail restructuring group Hilco UK in 2000 in a joint venture with Hilco, where he currently serves as Chief Executive to the company. Paul is also currently the Chairman of HMV, the entertainment retailer, as well as Denby Pottery Group in the UK and the KRAUS Flooring group in Canada. Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in Northern Ireland, Paul has held directorships at more than 100 companies during his professional career and brings with him a vast amount of experience.
Mark Foster, Non-Executive Director
Mark Foster has spent much of his career in the music industry, in a succession of Marketing and International roles, at Arista, Polydor and Warner Music, including time in Paris as Marketing Director of both of Warner’s French affiliates. Returning to London as Vice President of European Marketing, Foster oversaw pan-regional campaigns for numerous superstar and developing acts, before founding Warner Music International’s New Media Division, responsible for developing new revenues and establishing ground-breaking licensing relationships in digital music.
After leaving Warner, Foster acted as a digital strategy and marketing consultant for a number of organisations before being appointed to spearhead the international expansion of the French-based, leading streaming subscription service Deezer in the UK and Ireland in 2011.
In 2014, he was appointed to lead the restructuring and international growth of Arts Alliance's production, finance, distribution and marketing operations, consolidating the business as the leading player in the rapidly-growing global market for Event Cinema, including the integration of newly-acquired classic movie distributor Park Circus, and establishing new offices in Los Angeles.
Anne de Kerckhove, Non-Executive Director
Anne has over 15 years experience in leading some of the fastest growing technology, media and entertainment companies in Europe. Anne is currently the CEO of IronGroup including Iron Capital and IronWeb. Previously Anne was the Managing Director EMEA for Videology, one of world’s largest ad technology platforms. As their European leader, she drove their expansion in over 16 countries in just under 3 years.
Prior to joining Videology she was Global Director of Reed Elsevier, responsible for the B2B Entertainment Division, which included leading events such as Midem, Mipcom, MIPTV and Le Web. From 2003 to 2009, Anne was COO and International Managing Director at Inspired Gaming Group, overseeing the company from its launch to IPO and expansion into 12 countries. Anne has a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and an MBA from INSEAD. Anne is also an angel investor and helped fund leading start-ups throughout the world including metail, the world’s first virtual fitting room powering leading e-tailers such as Tesco and Warehouse.
Eric Cohen, Non-Executive Director
Eric Cohen is an independent business consultant. From 2008 until 2015, he served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Corporate Development at Dolby Laboratories, Inc., where he was responsible for corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, investments, and corporate strategy.
Eric previously worked for 30 years in investment banking, where he gained diverse experience advising clients in strategic transactions and financings across a broad range of industries. Eric was formerly a Managing Director and senior member of the technology investment banking team at Cowen and Company, where he headed the firm’s digital media, Internet, and new media business and founded Cowen and Company’s digital media practice in 2001. Prior to that, Eric held the position of Managing Director at J.P. Morgan and also worked for 11 years at Credit Suisse First Boston.
Eric holds a BS degree from Brown University and an MBA degree from Stanford University.
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