About

Company

 

We’re here to simplify access to the world’s music. That sounds really simple, but it involves a lot of hard work. Our aim is to remove complexity from creating and managing digital music services. We do that by being a great partner who delights both customers and users. Our proven, robust and scalable technology platform brings business and development agility, which permits us and our partners to move, learn and innovate fast. Your satisfaction is guaranteed by a superstar-team who love what they do.

We have long-standing, broad and deep international licensing relationships with music labels and publishers, bringing our catalogue to over 25 million tracks. More than 250 partners across the globe currently use 7digital’s music rights and technology available via our APIs.

We’re proud to power services for both large customers such as Samsung, T-Mobile, HMV and BlackBerry as well as up-and-coming ones like Artistxite (in Germany) and Fairshare (UK). Our own music store on (www.7digital.com) is localised for 20 countries, and 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 100 people across 3 continents. We’re headquartered in London, with offices in Luxembourg, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Berlin and Auckland.

Management

Ben Drury, Co-founder & CEO

Ben began his career in 1996 as a founder of dotmusic.com, an internal venture at United News and Media. In 2000 Ben was headhunted by BT Group to head up the broadband music efforts at their ISP BT Openworld. At BT, Ben pioneered music and video downloads on dotmusic with the UK’s first unlimited subscription offer. Following the partnership between BT and Yahoo! to form BT Yahoo! in 2003, Ben engineered the sale of dotmusic to Yahoo!

In January 2004, Ben founded 7digital with James Kane.  He  was named by Growing Business Magazine as a Young Gun in 2006, and in Billboard’s prestigious 40 Under 40 list in 2011.  Ben is currently on the board of the Entertainment Retailers Association and the Official Charts Company. Ben graduated from King’s College London with BSc (Hons) Physics with Philosophy of Science.

Leigh Woolley, CFO

Leigh is an experienced CFO with a background in multinational technology businesses. Prior to 2001 he held a series of FD roles in large telecoms businesses, including spells in the US and in Europe as Senior Finance Director for DSC Communications EMEA region, followed by senior post-acquisition roles at Alcatel and Global Crossing. Since 2001 Leigh has focussed on developing VC-backed SME’s for growth and potential exit. These have included Conclusive Logic Ltd (PKI data encryption), Native Networks Inc (telecoms), successfully sold to Alcatel in 2005, OB10 Ltd (B2B e-invoicing), and Onzo Ltd (energy data analytics), successfully sold to Scottish & Southern Energy Plc in 2012.

Stephen Somerville, SVP Commercial

Prior to joining 7digital, Stephen was Commercial Manager at UKTV for more than three years, working across a network of 10 channels to maximise revenue from the UKTV portfolio. Before that, Stephen was head of programming for UPC TV’s four premium Sport Channels in Central Europe, which reached more than 1.2 million subscribers. In his early career, Stephen served as a Business Development Manager at Yahoo! UK & Ireland.

Paul Langworthy, VP Operations

With 11 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 ingestion of 30,000 films, TV and radio programmes from broadcasters including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, 5, BT, TTG, and Sky’s new Now TV service. Before YouView, Paul spent over 9 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.

Vickie Nauman, President – North America

Vickie Nauman specialises in digital media and content strategy, the intersection of technology and music, and international business development. Vickie is President – North America for 7digital, and most recently led the global content strategy and partnerships for Sonos, the wireless digital music system for the home, and ran the consultancy CrossBorderWorks. Prior work includes creating the online strategy and service for boutique Seattle music station KEXP, content development for RealNetworks/MusicNet, and marketing for the National Public Radio Network and Procter and Gamble. She has a broad network and experience in Europe, China and North America, and earned a 2006 MBA through the London School of Economics, New York University, and HEC-Paris, in the collaborative executive program TRIUM.

Raoul Chatterjee, SVP Music

Raoul joined from Warner Music in November 2012 and works closely with music industry partners to support the ongoing development of 7digital. Previously he ran the commercial strategy and operations for Warner Music UK enjoying a successful time working with artists such as Ed Sheeran and Michael Bublé, and overseeing partnerships with services such as iTunes, YouTube and Spotify. He has been a pioneer of the development of new digital business models from the early beginnings. Raoul was also previously Director of Sales & Digital at Ministry of Sound, before becoming MD of Trinity Street Direct, a leading direct-to-consumer proposition for artists such as Oasis and Muse.

Rob Bowley, VP Technology

Rob started his career as a programmer around the time of the first DotCom bubble. Before joining 7digital he spent time at the BBC, Lycos and the Lawn Tennis Association. Rob brought to 7digital his experience of working on large scale distributed web applications and his passion for Agile/Lean delivery. Rob is particularly proud of the extremely capable and passionate technology team he’s built who’ve enabled our API platform to scale at an exponential rate and be able to support all the many clients and services we now have. Rob joined 7digital as Principle Developer in 2009, took the position of Head of Development in 2010 and became VP of Technology in late 2012.

Gunnar Larsén, VP Products

Gunnar is a seasoned product, business development and content leader, with over 15 years of experience from the music, games and mobile industries. At 7digital, Gunnar heads-up the team that defines and drives the company’s product portfolio. Gunnar joined 7digital from Dolby Laboratories in August 2013, where he was its Content Services Director in EMEA, responsible for relations with key music and video services. Prior to Dolby, Gunnar held key positions at companies such Aspiro Music / WiMP, RealNetworks / Rhapsody, Mobile Innovation (sold to Macromedia) and 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.

Spiros Chavelas, MD and Financial Controller of 7digital Europe sarl

Spiros began his career in early 2000 when he was recruited by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. After accumulating considerable experience in accounting and financial analysis for a period of 8 years, he left to lead the International Activities department of a multinational group of companies in the apparel sector. In 2010 he joined the Bradford school of management where he did his MBA (FT 100 list). Following the completion of the MBA program, he worked for a special project with HSBC securities services and in September 2012 he joined the 7digital family.

Jill Levene, Head of Legal

Jill is a commercial/digital media lawyer with over ten years post qualification experience. She has worked for a range of multi-national companies including Ticketmaster, the BBC (Future Media & Technology Division) and Sony Computer Entertainment.  At the BBC, Jill negotiated a range of technology agreements and advised other BBC business affairs teams on new media rights.  At Sony, Jill was responsible for a wide variety of legal and business affairs matters, including licensing global rights from major car manufacturers, brand owners and race tracks for the video game franchise, Gran Turismo. Jill holds an LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Nottingham and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law.

Collaboration

We are great believers in collaboration, and where we can’t be the best, we’ll partner with those who are. Over the years we have worked with numerous fascinating companies, both start-ups and grown-ups, and we’re always excited to talk about how we can enhance the experience together. Today, we’re proud to collaborate with technology leaders such as Dolby, the Echo Nest, GraceNote, Imagination, Mobile Acuity, MusicMetric and SoundHound, just to name a few.