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David Is a Goliath

Reverb named David Mandelbrot as its new CEO. Mandelbrot has more than two decades of leadership experience within the technology, media and entertainment industries. Under Mandelbrot’s leadership, Reverb intends to focus on driving growth by improving the tools that enable music makers to find instruments and expanding the services that help sellers of all sizes connect with more buyers. Mandelbrot is also focused on continuing Reverb’s international growth. Reverb — which operates as a standalone business following its recent acquisition by the global unique and creative goods marketplace Etsy — plans continued expansion of its teams in Chicago and Amsterdam. “As a longtime guitar enthusiast, I’ve been an active Reverb user since shortly after it was founded. I have sold several items and spent count-

less hours exploring the wonderful instruments uniquely available on Reverb,” said Mandelbrot. “To join a company that combines my passion for music with my marketplace and technology experience is truly a dream come true. Plus, what could be a better way to find the perfect fingerstyle blues guitar than joining Reverb? The Reverb team has created something magical. I’m looking forward to keeping that magic alive while continuing to find new ways to help buyers and sellers connect over the perfect piece of music gear.” Mandelbrot will report to Etsy CEO Josh Silverman and succeeds Reverb’s founder and former CEO, David Kalt, as part of the previously announced transition plan.

Stephens Reaches the Peak

Alfred Music and MakeMusic, both part of the Peaksware Holdings LLC portfolio of companies, announced that Andy Stephens has transitioned from chairman of Peaksware and strategic advisor to each of the portfolio brands to CEO, leading both Music and Sports Brands. The previous CEO, Gear Fisher, is stepping down to pursue new projects and opportunities within the technology industry. “We are so fortunate to have had Gear Fisher be a part of the Peaksware family since its founding in 2014. His incredible passion for our customers and the quality of our products is unparalleled,” said Stephens. “With the Peaksware portfolio where it is today, I’m extremely excited to help further shape how we bring deliberate practice content and technologies to more teachers and learners every single day. We thank Gear for all of his contributions to each of the brands within Peaksware.”

Moss Makes the Most of New Role

QSC named Jason Moss vice president, alliances and market development. As part of the QSC Executive Team led by Joe Pham, president and CEO, Moss is responsible for developing and managing strategic alliances with leading AV/IT collaboration manufacturers and service providers globally. Moss joins QSC from Logitech, where he most recently served as head of go-to-market and alliances, video collaboration. With more than 20 years in the industry, Moss spent the last nine years developing partnerships with top collaboration and SaaS companies, and drove adoption and integration of Logitech products into many applications and markets. He also led global OEM strategic accounts, setting strategy and directing sales and business development initiatives.


MARCH 2020

Profile for Music & Sound Retailer

Music & Sound Retailer March 2020, Vol 37 No 3