Chief Executive Officer, President & Chairman
Brian McAndrews has spent his career driving growth and innovation for leading technology, advertising and content companies. Prior to taking the CEO, President and Chairman role at Pandora (NYSE: P), Brian was a venture partner at Madrona Venture Group, where he focused on early-stage technology companies. As a Senior Vice President at Microsoft from August 2007 through December 2008, Brian successfully integrated aQuantive to create the Advertiser & Publisher Solutions Group, one of Microsoft’s priority business initiatives.
Brian served as President and CEO of aQuantive, one of the fastest-growing global digital marketing companies in the world, from 1999 to 2007. In August 2007, Microsoft acquired aQuantive for $6 billion. At the time of the acquisition, aQuantive was one of the ten largest marketing services companies in the world and included three distinct business units: Razorfish, Atlas and DRIVEpm. aQuantive had 50 offices in more than 20 countries and employed more than 2,500 people at the time of its acquisition.
Brian was named Advertising Age’s first-ever Digital Executive of the Year, and he was designated as one of the 30 most influential executives in the advertising, marketing and media world in Adweek’s 30th Anniversary issue. For the latter, Brian joined Oprah, WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell and Rupert Murdoch among others as a person whose work reshaped the business and whose vision will be felt broadly across various industries for years to come.
Brian’s Pandora playlists reflect his love for Elton John, Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen. On the contemporary side, his current favorites are Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 and Rihanna.