Pearson takes over for Chowdhury.
London-based Shazam Entertainment, the international digital music service provider famous for its pioneering mobile music recognition service, has appointed John Pearson its new chairman of the board.
Pearson, co-founder and former CEO of U.K. national commercial radio station Virgin Radio, takes over for Ajay Chowdhury, who stays on as a non-executive director.
Pearson played a significant role in the £230 million ($439 million) sale of The Ginger Media Group, Virgin Radio’s owner, to Scottish Media Group in 2000.
"His track record of establishing world-class market-leading consumer music offerings will prove invaluable, particularly as we enter a significant growth phase in new markets, while also concentrating on strategically enhancing our longer term integrated position," said Andrew Fisher, Shazam's CEO.
Additionally, Shazam has appointed Patrick Parodi, currently chairman of global trade association the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF), as a non-executive director.
Parodi has held senior management positions at several international companies such as Paris-based Alcatel and U.S.-based SkyTel, and is currently chief sales & marketing officer of Amobee Media Systems, the London-based mobile media service provider.