Shazam Hires Ex-Yahoo Executive Riley as CEO

Shazam Entertainment Ltd., maker of a song-identification application, said Rich Riley joined the company as chief executive officer, replacing Andrew Fisher, who is becoming executive chairman.

Most recently, Riley was executive vice president for the Americas at Yahoo, London-based Shazam said today in a statement. John Pearson, who had been chairman since 2006, will become a non-executive director, the company said.

Shazam’s audio-matching app for smartphones and tablets can identify almost any song playing on the radio. The technology uses algorithms to decipher unique elements in snippets of music to help pinpoint the name of the tune.

Yahoo, the largest U.S. Web portal, said in June 2012 that Riley was leaving amid management turnover after former CEO Scott Thompson stepped down as a result of misstatements about his academic record. Riley joined Sunnyvale, California-based Yahoo in 1999 and had previously served as senior vice president and managing director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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