Former Pandora Exec Tom Conrad Joins Snapchat as Product VP
Snapchat has a new vp of product. Former Pandora CTO and executive vp of product Tom Conrad has joined the über-popular messaging app as it continues to challenge rivals like Facebook in the mobile video race, Recode reports.
A Snapchat spokesperson confirmed the hire with Billboard, and Conrad called out his new gig with a Snapchat ghost emoji on Twitter. He started on Monday (March 14), reporting directly to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel.
--— Tom Conrad (@tconrad) March 16, 2016
It’s been exactly two years since Conrad announced he was stepping down from his executive position at Pandora after a decade at the streaming radio giant. He was replaced by Chris Martin.
Conrad’s new challenge will be to keep the momentum going at Snapchat, whose 100 million-plus daily active users watch over 8 million videos on its app every day. For one thing, Snapchat appears keen to break out of its mobile-only shell. During the Oscars, the company debuted its first delivery of content to the traditional web, with short videos of red carpet arrivals and acceptance speeches from outside the ceremony.
It was reported earlier this month that Snapchat recently received a $175 million funding infusion from Fidelity Investments.