Board of Directors

Robert Glaser, Founder, Chairman & CEO


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.

Bruce A. Jaffe, Director

Mr. Jaffe has been a director of RealNetworks since October 2015. He serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Donuts Inc., an early stage, privately held operator of top-level domain names. He is also a consultant and investor with Three Point Group, LLC, which he founded in 2008 and which focuses on early stage and growth technology companies. Mr. Jaffe served as Chief Financial Officer and EVP Corporate Development of Glam Media, a privately held media company, from May 2010 to December 2011. From June 1995 through February 2008, Mr. Jaffe held various positions at Microsoft Corporation, most recently serving as its Corporate Vice President, Corporate Development. Mr. Jaffe serves as a director of several privately held companies, including Donuts Inc. Mr. Jaffe holds a B.S. degree from UC Berkeley and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Chris Jones, Director

Mr. Jones has been a director of RealNetworks since 2016. He currently serves as SVP of Product for Amperity, Inc., a privately held company providing the world’s first intelligent customer data platform. Prior to joining Amperity, Mr. Jones spent over 25 years at Microsoft Corporation in leadership roles in product management and product development. As Engineering Director for Microsoft, a position he has held from October 2015 to May 2018, he co-created Microsoft Healthcare NExT, an incubator that aims to accelerate healthcare innovation through artificial intelligence and cloud computing. Previously, from February 2000 to October 2015, Mr. Jones served as a Corporate Vice President in various business divisions at Microsoft, including OneDrive & SharePoint, Windows Services, and Windows, where he led the engineering teams for several Microsoft products, such as OneDrive and OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server, and other consumer services, and Windows XP. Mr. Jones joined Microsoft in August 1991. Mr. Jones currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Bush School. Mr. Jones holds a B.S. degree in mathematical and computational sciences from Stanford University.

Dawn G. Lepore, Director

Ms. Lepore has been a director of RealNetworks since October 2013. Ms. Lepore served as interim Chief Executive Officer of Prosper Marketplace, Inc., a privately held peer-to-peer lending marketplace, from March 2012 to January 2013. She served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of, inc., a leading online provider of health, beauty, vision, and pharmacy solutions, from October 2004 until its sale to Walgreen Co. in June 2011. Prior to joining, Ms. Lepore spent 21 years at the Charles Schwab Corporation and Charles Schwab & Co, Inc., a financial holding company, holding several leadership positions, most notably Vice Chairman of Technology, Active Trader, Operations, Business Strategy, and Administration, and Chief Information Officer. She also served as a member of Schwab’s executive committee and as a trustee of SchwabFunds. Ms. Lepore previously served on the boards of directors of Quotient Technology Inc., AOL Inc. until its sale to Verizon Communications Inc., The TJX Companies, Inc., eBay Inc., and The New York Times Company. She also serves on the boards of directors of private companies. Ms. Lepore holds a B.A. degree from Smith College.

Janice Roberts, Director

Ms. Roberts has been a director of RealNetworks since August 2010. Ms. Roberts currently serves as a Partner on the investment team of Benhamou Global Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley. As a Partner, she advises a number of private companies. From 2000 to 2013, Ms. Roberts served as Managing Director of Mayfield Fund where she continues as a venture advisor. Ms. Roberts’ current areas of investment interest include enterprise digital transformation, such as productivity, collaboration, analytics, mobility and the Internet of Things. From 1992 to 2002, Ms. Roberts was employed by 3Com Corporation, a networking equipment company that was acquired by Hewlett Packard in April 2010, where she held various executive positions, most recently serving as President of 3Com Ventures, the investment division of 3Com Corporation, and Senior Vice President, Business Development and Global Marketing. Ms. Roberts managed a number of the new business initiatives at 3Com, including its Palm Computing subsidiary. Previously, Ms. Roberts was Managing Director and President of BICC Data Networks Ltd., a networking equipment company that was acquired by 3Com in 1992. Ms. Roberts’ early career was based in Europe and included various technology-related marketing and general management positions. Ms. Roberts serves on the boards of publicly traded Zebra Technologies, an industry leader in enterprise asset intelligence providing solutions and services for real-time visibility of operations, and Zynga, Inc., a leading developer of popular social and mobile games. She previously served on the board of directors of publicly traded ARM Holdings, plc, a leading semiconductor IP company for mobile and consumer devices, until its acquisition by SoftBank Group Corporation. She also serves as Co-Chair of GBx Global, an organization supporting entrepreneurship and technology businesses spanning the U.K. and U.S., and she sits on the advisory board of Illuminate Ventures. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honours) from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

Michael B. Slade, Director

Mr. Slade has been a director of RealNetworks since November 2011. Mr. Slade is a co-founder of Second Avenue Partners, a provider of management, strategy and capital for early stage companies, where he has served as a partner since 2000. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Slade served as a strategic advisor for RealNetworks. From 2002 to May 2007, Mr. Slade served as a director of aQuantive, Inc., a publicly traded digital marketing service and technology company that was acquired by Microsoft Corporation in May 2007. From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Slade served as a consultant and member of the executive team at Apple Inc. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Slade was chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Starwave Corp., a Paul Allen-funded startup that was sold to The Walt Disney Corp. From 1983 to 1992, Mr. Slade held various executive and leadership positions with technology companies including Microsoft Corporation, Central Point Software, NeXT Computer, Inc. and Asymetrix Corp. Mr. Slade holds a B.A. in Economics from Colorado College and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Dominique Trempont, Director

Mr. Trempont has been a director of RealNetworks since July 2010. Mr. Trempont has served as a director of Daily Mail and General Trust plc, a producer of media content, information analytics and events for businesses and consumers. Mr. Trempont has also served as a director of Energy Recovery, Inc., a manufacturer of efficient energy recovery devices utilized in the water desalination industry, and Finisar Corporation, a company that develops and markets high speed data communication systems and software for networking and storage. From 2006 to April 2010, Mr. Trempont served as a director of 3Com Corporation, a network management company that was acquired by Hewlett Packard in April 2010. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Trempont was CEO-in-Residence at Battery Ventures, a venture capital firm. Prior to joining Battery Ventures, Mr. Trempont was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kanisa, Inc., a B2B cloud-based, automated technical support company focused on artificial intelligence powered self-service, peer-to-peer and call center enablement. Mr. Trempont was President and CEO of Gemplus Corporation, a smart card company, from 1997 to 1999. Prior to Gemplus, Mr. Trempont served as Chief Financial Officer and head of Operations at NeXT Software. Mr. Trempont began his career at Raychem Corporation, a materials science and engineering company focused on telecommunications, electronics, automotive and other industries. Mr. Trempont currently serves as a director of the privately held companies on24, Inc. and Airspan Networks, Inc. Mr. Trempont earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from College St. Louis (Belgium), a B.A. with high honors in Business Administration and Software Engineering (LSM) from the University of Louvain (Belgium) and a master’s degree in Business Administration from INSEAD (France/Singapore).