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 is a consultant and investor with Three Point Group, LLC, which he founded in 2008 and which focuses on early stage and growth technology companies. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Donuts Inc., a privately held registry operator of top-level domain names, from January 2017 through its sale to a private equity firm in November 2018. 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.

Erik Prusch, Director

Mr. Prusch has been a director of RealNetworks since December 2019. He has served as Chief Executive Officer at several companies, including Harland Clarke Holdings Corp., a provider of integrated payment solutions and integrated marketing services; Outerwall Inc. (formerly, Coinstar, Inc.), a provider of automated retail solutions; NetMotion Wireless, Inc., and Lumension Security, Inc., both providers of mobile and enterprise security products and services; Clearwire Corporation, a provider of 4G wireless broadband services; and Borland Software Corporation, a provider of enterprise software tools and solutions. He has also served in senior finance and operations roles at these and other companies, as well as having served on multiple other boards of directors. Mr. Prusch holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Yale University and an M.B.A. from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

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.

Tim Wan, Director

Mr. Wan has been a director of RealNetworks since December 2019. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Asana, Inc., a privately held company that develops and offers a SaaS-based work management platform. He has also served as Chief Financial Officer of Apigee Corporation, a cloud-based API management and predictive analytics software provider, helping to lead the company through its IPO and sale to Google in November 2016. Previously, he spent 15 years at RealNetworks, the latter three years as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Wan holds a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.