Management

Management

Steve Bené
Steve Bené
General Counsel
Steve Bené As General Counsel at Pandora, Steve Bené oversees all aspects of the company’s legal strategy, operations and compliance, including those related to corporate governance, securities, commercial transactions, privacy, litigation and intellectual property.

Prior to joining Pandora, Steve served as General Counsel at Electronic Arts (EA), where he ran a global department responsible for a full range of legal matters ranging from corporate governance, M&A and commercial transactions to groundbreaking industry negotiations with music and movie studios. Prior to joining EA, Steve was an associate at Fenwick & West and a management consultant at Bain & Company.

Steve got his J.D. from Stanford Law School, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University. Outside of work, Steve enjoys fitness training, swimming, skiing, and attending his sons’ high school basketball games. He is a shameless fan of pop music – all flavors and eras.

Naveen Chopra
Naveen Chopra
CFO and Interim President and CEO
Naveen Chopra Naveen Chopra is the CFO and interim CEO of Pandora where he is responsible for finance, corporate development and strategy, investor relations, facilities and CIO functions.

Naveen was previously at Tivo, where he served as the company’s interim chief executive officer from January 2016 until its acquisition by Rovi Corporation in September 2016. During his tenure at TiVo, Naveen guided the company through a critical financial and strategic transformation while building respected relationships with employees, investors, analysts and strategic business partners. From 2012 to 2016, Chopra served as chief financial officer and senior vice president of corporate development and strategy and was responsible for overseeing numerous strategic initiatives in addition to TiVo’s accounting, financial reporting, planning, tax and treasury functions.

Chopra holds bachelor degrees in computer science and economics from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors of Vonage Holdings Corp.

David Gerbitz
David Gerbitz
Executive Vice President, Revenue Operations
David Gerbitz

David Gerbitz joined Pandora Media in 2014, as the Executive Vice President of Revenue Operations, where he is responsible for monetization and yield strategy, client services and advertising operations; driving Pandora’s growth engine across all digital and broadcast solutions, across all devices and all demand channels.

Previous to Pandora, David was the Vice President of global mid-market and small medium business sales at Yahoo! He also led client services as the Vice President of North America account management, sales and advertising operations. David was responsible for operationalizing sales, service and revenue on all digital platforms and solutions including search, display, native, mobile, video advertising as well as SMB self-service and commerce platforms. David was also General Manager of Microsoft Advertising’s sales strategy, operations and account management. He also held leadership positions at Amazon.com. His career has been focused on scaling and operationalizing revenue and service organizations in the hyper-dynamic digital media industry.

David received his BA from the University of Minnesota. He has diverse music interests from classical to country; indie folk to rock and R&B - and most everything in between. His current Pandora station favorites: Miranda Lambert, Bag Raiders, Hipster BBQ, Sam Smith, Royal Teeth, Frank Ocean, Drake, Shawn Colvin and Cheryl Wheeler.

Chris Phillips
Chris Phillips
Chief Product Officer
Chris Phillips As Chief Product Officer, Chris Phillips is responsible for defining and leading Pandora's overarching strategy and roadmap for product, engineering and marketing. His team develops, delivers and drives adoption of products that connect fans and artist in new ways, including on-demand, and help advertisers reach their audiences.

Prior to joining Pandora, Chris was Director of Product Management and User Experience for Amazon Digital Music at Amazon. He was responsible for the product roadmap and delivery of customer experiences across device platforms and international expansion. He was also responsible for the product introduction of Amazon Prime Music. Before Amazon, Chris served as Director of Apple QuickBooks product management, marketing and user experience and led product and design for the Intuit Global Business Division at Intuit. He also held roles at Workspeed and Accenture.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration degree from The Ohio State University, Max M. Fisher College of Business. Chris enjoys spending time with his family, live music, playing golf, and mountain biking. Currently Chris’ favorite Pandora stations include Foster the People, Warpaint, Burning Spear, and 2Pac.

Kristen Robinson
Kristen Robinson
Chief Human Resources Officer
Kristen Robinson Kristen leads the human resources organization and is responsible for Pandora's global people strategies and operations. She is committed to developing an incredible culture where people thrive and generate lasting business success.

Kristen joined Pandora in 2014 from Yahoo, where she led the company's global HR centers of excellence and international HR teams. It was there she contributed to amplifying the culture for transparency, accountability, collaboration and high performance. Kristen focused on the employee experience, creating a great work environment and increasing engagement through the use of technology and superior client service.

Her deep expertise in building global teams for technology companies includes working for Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, and being the Chief HR Officer of Verigy before joining Yahoo. Kristen brings to Pandora more than 25 years of cross-functional experience in finance, marketing, and new venture management in addition to HR. She is dedicated to mentoring up-and-coming talent and enjoys creative, fast-paced environments where people are committed to excellence.

Kristen holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and a B.S. in Accounting from Boston College.

A connoisseur of many types of music, Kristen is passionate about jazz and can't live without her Miles Davis and Bad Plus Pandora stations. She'll mix it up with Andrew Bird, The Black Keys, Radiohead and Philip Glass, depending on the moment.

John Trimble
John Trimble
Chief Revenue Officer
John Trimble John Trimble serves as the Chief Revenue Officer of Pandora where he is responsible for all advertising revenue, strategic sales marketing, and advertising operations. Pandora's diverse revenue streams tap display, mobile, and audio that reach consumers on their computers, mobile phones, and consumer electronic devices. Pandora’s advertising offerings utilize the super-specific aspects of internet radio: a medium that enables advertisers to reach any type of consumer, anytime, anywhere - based on a multitude of quantifiable data.

Prior to joining Pandora, John was the EVP of sales at Glam Media where he helped guide the company’s revenue and product expansion. Before that, John was part of the executive team tasked by News Corp. to develop and execute the creation of Fox Interactive Media where he was part of the acquisition team that brought MySpace.com and IGN.com into the Fox Interactive Media fold. He was also responsible for building out all ad marketing and operational functions while overseeing branded sales for MySpace, IGN, Fox Sports.com, and American Idol.com. John has balanced his digital career with quality brands, in the role of Director of Sales for Sports Illustrated.com and with innovative starts ups in his position as Vice President of Sales with Phase2 Media.

John received his BA from St. Lawrence University. When he is not on the road looking for ad partners, John is evolving his station list to keep relevant with his family of four children. His current Pandora line-up features the Counting Crows, the Dropkick Murphy's, Kanye West, U2, and Jack Johnson.