RealNetworks Finally Removes ‘Interim’ From CEO Kimball’s Title

Bob Kimball, CEO, RealNetworks

Maybe it’s just me but it felt like RealNetworks (NSDQ: RNWK) dragged out this whole CEO search for too long. It’s not like Bob Kimball was an unknown: He’s been with the company since 1999. Maybe a month or two after Chairman Rob Glaser resigned as CEO in early January, but six months? That’s roughly how long it took for the board to conduct a CEO search, winding up with the person holding the “interim” title all this time as president and CEO. In that span, Kimball has remade Real, overseeing the spin of Rhapsody and a major reorganization that slices a quarter of the company’s exec force. Release.

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