John Gibbons takes over the podcast app company for Owen Grover who left in March and joined TrueFire Studios in April.
Most recently, Gibbons was a Principal at Atom Tickets as well as a strategic advisor to Podchaser and Props Project. He also spent 14 years with Amazon in various leadership roles, serving as the head of its movie/TV vertical and overseeing product and global revenue for IMDb.com.
“Becoming the CEO of Pocket Casts is truly a dream opportunity for me,” said Gibbons. “Not just because it’s always been a favorite app of mine, but also because of the moment that the industry is in with broader, mainstream audiences falling in love with podcasting and building deep, new relationships with their favorite shows. And while the medium is rapidly growing, we still have so much to figure out in terms of monetization and supporting publishers. It’s an honor to join such a talented team, leading the vision of providing listeners with the best experience and publishers with greater insight, control, and access to their audience.”
“With John’s extensive background in podcasting, digital media, and entertainment, he is the perfect fit for this role,” said Matt Moog, who serves as Executive Chairman of Pocket Casts. “We’re excited to bring John aboard to usher in a new era of growth for Pocket Casts and continue in our collective push for an open podcasting ecosystem that gives producers more tools and insights to engage their audience and generate revenue.”
Public media organizations NPR, WNYC Studios, and WBEZ Chicago acquired Pocket Casts in May 2018. BBC Studios recently invested and also now has an ownership stake in the platform.