Robert Glaser

Founder, Chairman & CEO
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Rob Glaser, Founder, Chairman and CEO of RealNetworks, has long been intrigued with the nexus of media, computing, and communications. Since founding Real in 1994, Mr. Glaser has played an integral role in the transformation of the internet into the next great mass medium. In 1995, under Mr. Glaser’s direction, Real introduced the groundbreaking RealAudio, the first commercial audio streaming solution for the internet. This was followed in 1997 with RealVideo.  RealNetworks’ RealPlayer is downloaded millions of times each month and is one of the most popular pieces of software ever created. 

In July 2012, after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus, Mr. Glaser returned as CEO, initially in an interim role, to help revitalize RealNetworks and return the company to sustainable growth.  In line with this goal, the company has since launched several new products.  By creating innovative technology and services that make it easy for people to connect with and enjoy digital media, RealNetworks and Mr. Glaser are at the forefront of the digital media revolution.

Prior to founding RealNetworks, Inc., Mr. Glaser worked for Microsoft for 10 years in a number of executive positions, including Vice President of Multimedia and Consumer Systems. Mr. Glaser currently serves as Trustee and Managing Board Member of the Glaser Progress Foundation, which he established in 1993.  Mr. Glaser is a graduate of Yale University, with a B.A. and an M.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Computer Science.

Michael Parham

General Counsel and Secretary
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Michael Parham has served as RealNetworks' General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since August 2012, and previously had served as Associate General Counsel since January 2004. Prior to joining RealNetworks in March 2000, Michael was an attorney with IBM, serving as Regional Counsel for IBM's Midwest region in Chicago. He began his legal career with the law firm of Chapman and Cutler in Chicago. Michael holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Bill Patrizio

President of Consumer Media
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Bill Patrizio joined RealNetworks in September 2016.  He manages our Consumer Media Business.  Prior to joining Real, he led Opaka Partners, a consulting firm that he founded in 2013. Previously, he served as chief executive officer and as a member of the board of directors of Red Bee Media, a creative, broadcast, and digital media software and services company based in the U.K., which was sold to Ericsson in May 2014, and prior to that he was president of the broadcast services division of Technicolor SA, a French corporation providing products and services for the communications, media, and entertainment industries, which division was sold to Ericsson in July 2012. Bill also previously served as senior vice president and chief procurement officer at JPMorgan Chase & Co., senior vice president, strategic sourcing and procurement at The Walt Disney Company, and held various senior operations, sales, and marketing positions at Universal Studios, Joseph E. Seagram & Sons and Kellogg Company. Bill is currently an industry advisor with Silverwood Partners.  He holds an M.B.A. in finance and a bachelor's degree in marketing from Iona College.

Max Pellegrini

President of Mobile Services
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Max Pellegrini joined RealNetworks in February 2013. He manages our Mobile Services business. Mr. Pellegrini is the former Chairman and CEO of, which was a leading premium mobile web company in North America. He joined Dada in Italy in 2000, and started the company's U.S. operation in 2005. In 2011, Dada was acquired by mobile entertainment leader Buongiorno S.p.A, which was in turn acquired by NTT DOCOMO in 2012. Mr. Pellegrini holds a degree in business administration from the University of Florence.


Marjorie O. Thomas

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
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Marjorie Thomas, our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, joined RealNetworks in January 2015.  Ms. Thomas most recently served as Vice President of Corporate Finance and Treasurer of financial software leader Intuit, Inc., where she managed the company’s investments and capital strategy while overseeing a team of 43 finance professionals.  Previously, Ms. Thomas served as Senior Vice President, Finance, Corporate Controller of Sony Electronics Inc., where she was a member of the Sony Electronics Executive Committee, and she held several senior finance positions during her 20-year tenure at Hewlett-Packard Company.  Prior to that, she practiced as a CPA with Arthur Andersen.  Ms. Thomas holds a B.A. degree from Boise State University.

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