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Worldwide Radio Summit Speakers


Ali Abhary

CEO, Karnival Media Group (Turkey)

Anders Held

co-Founder/Mgr. Radio Days/Europe

Andrew Curran

President & COO, DMR/Interactive

Andy Sannemann

Co-Founder & CEO, Benztown

Aton Ben-Horin

Global VP A&R, Warner Music Group

Ben Cooper

Controller, BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra & BBC Asian Network

Brad Kelly

Managing Director, Nielsen Audio

Brendan Regan

VP/Content & Partnerships, audioBoom

Bryan Hofheins

Chief Creative Officer, Warner/Chappell Production Music

Caroline Beasley

CEO, Beasley Broadcast Group

Carolyn Gilbert

President, NuVoodoo Media Services

Charlie Sislen

Partner, Research Director, Inc

Chris Nicoll

Creative Director, IMGR

Chris Peterson

SVP Podcasting, iHeartMedia

Chris Price

Head Of Music, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra (UK)

Daniel Anstandig

CEO, Futuri Media

Darren Davis

President/Networks Group, iHeartMedia

Elliot In The Morning

DC101/Washington, DC

E-Man

APD/MD, KPWR (Power 106)/Los Angeles

Erica Farber

President & CEO, RAB

Fred Jacobs

Founder & President, Jacobs Media

Greg Strassell

Sr. VP/Programming, Hubbard Broadcasting

Guy Dobson

Chief Creative Officer, Southern Cross Austereo

James Cridland

Managing Director, Media.Info

Jay Towers

Morning Anchor, "Fox 2 News Morning" (Detroit)/Host, "Jay Towers in the Morning"

Jason Bentley

Music Director, KCRW Los Angeles/Host, "Morning Becomes Eclectic" & "Metropolis"

Jason Garte

President, Mix Group

Jimmy Steal

National Digital Program Director/VP Programming, Emmis & Program Director, KPWR "Power 106" Los Angeles

Joe Knapp

Founder, MusicMaster

Justin Chase

EVP/Programming, Beasley Broadcast Group

Kellie Rasberry

Host, Kidd Kraddick Show

Kelly Doherty

VP/Imaging, iHeartMedia

Kevin Fine

Managing Director, Jacaranda FM (South Africa)

Kevin LeGrett

President/L.A. Region & SW Division, iHeartMedia

Kevin Stapleford

VP Programming, Slacker Radio

Kid Kelly

VP/Pop & Program Director (Hits1 & Venus), SiriusXM

Kurt Johnson

Sr. VP/Programming, Townsquare Media

Lee Leipsner

EVP/Promotion, Columbia Records

Leigh Jacobs

EVP/Research Analysis, NuVoodoo Media Services

Lori Lewis

VP/Social, Cumulus/Westwood One

Mandar Thakur

COO, Times Music (India)

Marika "Mixi" Malliaris

5FM Music Compiler/Freelance Radio Presenter

Mark Pennington

Program Director, WRIF

Melissa Popis

Mornings, KXOL (MEGA 96.3)/Los Angeles

Michael Martin

Sr. VP/Programming & Music Initiatives, CBS Radio

Mike McVay

Sr. VP/Content & Programming, Cumulus Media

Mike Walsh

Deputy Programme Director/Head Of Music, Radio X (UK)

Neal Schore

President & CEO, Triton Digital

Philippe Generali

President, RCS/Mediabase

Ralph Simon

CEO, Mobilium Global

Rick Cummings

President/Programming, Emmis

Rob Graham

CEO/Managing Director, EON Media Group & Executive Producer, "Asia Pop 40"

Rob Kass

VP, Digital Audio, Nielsen

Rob Sisco

President, North America, SoundOut

Steven Goldstein

CEO, Amplifi Media

Steve Jones

VP/GM, ABC News Radio

Steve Reynolds

President, The Reynolds Group

Suzanne Grimes

President, Westwood One

Thomas Scherer

EVP, Frontline Publishing, U.S. & Global Publishing, BMG

Tony Coles

EVP/Programming, iHeartMedia

Trevor Shand

Imaging, KROQ/Los Angeles

Valerie Geller

President, Geller Media International

Von Freeman

Director Marketing & Special Events, Entercom South Florida

Mandar Thakur

MANDAR THAKUR

COO, Times Music (India)

Mandar Thakur has recently taken on the role of COO Times Music, a division of Bennett Coleman and Company Ltd./The Times Group. Over the last year Mandar ran a digital music and media consultancy whose clientele included some of India's most diverse music, mobile and internet businesses. Before that he was the GM of Soundbuzz, Asia-Pacific/Australia/India's largest online and mobile music distribution business, with direct management responsibility for the India market (which he started for the group in 2001). Motorola acquired the Soundbuzz group in 2008 and after having concluded a successful transition, Mandar moved on to pursue other interests in mid-2009.

Prior to Soundbuzz , Mandar was part of the set-up team and India management of the pioneering 24-hour Asian music television station Channel [V] and before that he worked in Hong Kong with The Entertainment Co./Media Bank Group in concert promotion for the Asian region. After having been at the forefront of evolving media over the last 19 years, Mandar's pedigree remains firmly rooted in the music business and its development.