RealNetworks Announces Executive Leadership Changes
SEATTLE, June 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- RealNetworks, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNWK), a leader in AI-powered digital media software and solutions, announced two significant changes to its leadership team.
First, Real announced the appointment of Paul DiPeso to the newly created position of President, SAFR. Mr. DiPeso started today and reports to CEO Rob Glaser.
Mr. DiPeso has over 25 years of top management experience in physical security with leading industry corporations. He was most recently Executive Vice President and General Manager of Feenics, an Access Control as a Service (ACaaS) software solutions company that was recently acquired by ACRE. He previously served in various physical security executive roles at Tyco International, Lenel, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. and Honeywell International. Mr. DiPeso earned his Bachelor of Science in Communications from Towson University.
Commenting on the new leadership appointment, Rob Glaser, Real's Chairman and CEO, said, "Paul is a proven leader who has a demonstrated track record of building and growing significant businesses in the access control industry. Paul is the ideal leader to take the excellent and innovative SAFR products we have built and build a large and successful business."
"The physical security industry has been transforming rapidly to provide customers with solutions that better secure their assets. What attracted me to RealNetworks was SAFR's product alignment to customers' needs and SAFR Scan's access control solution that represents the next generation of technology that will make a difference for many years to come," said Mr. DiPeso.
Second, now that Real has appointed Presidents for each of its three growth initiatives – SAFR, Messaging, and Games -- President and Chief Operating Officer Mike Ensing will be transitioning to a strategic advisor role at the company, effective July 1, 2022.
Mr. Glaser added, "Since the beginning of 2020, just before the Pandemic hit, Mike Ensing has been a crucial member of Real's leadership team. First as our interim CFO, and then as our President and COO. I'm deeply grateful and appreciative for everything Mike has done during these turbulent 2 ½ years to help set Real up for the future. While we're going to miss Mike's fulltime presence, the strong team that Mike has helped us build positions us well for the future."
"During the last 2 plus years at Real, I have been working with exceptional people and great teams on exciting new products and businesses," said Mr. Ensing. "I am proud of the work we have accomplished and the team we have built laying the foundation for future growth. These are exciting times, and I am looking forward to seeing the next phase of Real over the coming years."
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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