Executive Management

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.

Cary Baker, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer


Cary Baker has been RealNetworks' Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since May 2017. Mr. Baker most recently served as Chief Financial Officer of HEAT Software, Inc., a global provider of cloud-based IT service management and endpoint management software solutions, from its formation in February 2015 through April 2017. From March 2014 to October 2016, Mr. Baker also served as Chief Financial Officer of NetMotion Software, a provider of mobile security and performance management software solutions, and an affiliate of HEAT Software. From May 2010 to November 2013, he held key financial leadership roles at Clearwire Corporation, including most recently as Vice President Finance from May 2011. Mr. Baker’s earlier experience includes financial leadership roles at Boost Mobile and Sprint Corporation. Mr. Baker holds an M.B.A. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of Idaho.

Michael Parham, General Counsel and Secretary


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.

Max Pellegrini, President


Max Pellegrini has served as President of RealNetworks since February 2018, overseeing both our Mobile Services and Consumer Media divisions. 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.