Former Rovi VP of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Chris McCleary, Joins The Echo Nest as General Counsel

Jun 19, 2012

SOMERVILLE, MA — June 19, 2012 - The Echo Nest, a music intelligence platform powering smarter music applications across the web and devices is excited to announce the hire of Chris McCleary, who will serve as General Counsel, providing legal guidance and leadership in licensing and other corporate engagements.

Chris comes to the Echo Nest with 12 years of experience representing big data, tech startups and digital media companies, most recently as Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Rovi Corporation where he served previously as Associate General Counsel. Prior to its acquisition by Rovi Corporation, Chris had served as Vice President and Corporate Counsel for All Media Guide, LLC (AMG). "We are thrilled to have Chris join the management team at The Echo Nest." said Jim Lucchese, CEO. "Chris brings a deep understanding of the data and the digital music ecosystem that we are sure will prove vital in The Echo Nest's continued rapid growth and expansion."

About Chris McCleary:
In addition to his work at Rovi Corp. and AMG, Chris has represented venture-backed and public companies at the law firms of Miller Canfield and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan as well as his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

About The Echo Nest:
The Echo Nest powers smarter music applications for leading media companies and thousands of independent developers, with a customer base that reaches over 100 million music fans every month. Over 300 applications have been built on The Echo Nest platform. With the world's only machine learning system that actively reads about and listens to music everywhere on the web, The Echo Nest opens up the largest repository of dynamic music data in the world – over 5 billion data points on over 30 million songs -- to help developers re-shape the experience of playing -- and playing with -- music. The Echo Nest was co-founded by two MIT PhDs. Investors include Matrix Partners, Commonwealth Capital Ventures, and three co-founders of MIT Media Lab.