Producer of Top Five Music Property MetroLyrics.com Welcomes Jamie Kantrowitz of MySpace Music, Kerry Munro of Yahoo! Canada, and Entrepreneur and Advisor Charles Seely to Advisory Posts
VANCOUVER (RPRN) 8/5/2009–MetroLeap Media, Inc., producer of one of the top five music destinations in the world, MetroLyrics.com, announced today the formation of an advisory board and welcomes former MySpace Music Senior Vice President Jamie Kantrowitz, former General Manager of Yahoo! Canada Kerry Munro, and Entrepreneur and Advisor Charles Seely to board posts. The highly accomplished board members will play an important role in the company’s strategic growth plans as it secures new industry partnerships and leverages the considerable customer base of 33 million unique MetroLyrics.com users per month.
“It is an honor to have such a seasoned group of music, search, Internet marketing, and digital entertainment experts join MetroLeap Media, each bringing unique skills, strengths and perspectives that will help the continued growth and development of MetroLyrics.com,” said Alan Juristovski, co-founder and CEO at MetroLeap Media. “This is a watershed moment for the company as we grow at an incredible rate and look for new ways to enrich the experience of both consumers enjoying our site and partners working with the company. Our new advisory board brings the perfect combination of organizational talent and marketing creativity necessary at this stage of the company.”
As an entertainment content provider, MetroLeap Media will benefit from the talents of executives with deep entertainment, marketing, financial and business experience. As the former SVP of strategy and global marketing for MySpace Music, Kantrowitz led the strategic planning of the service’s rich media platform of content partnerships and original programming, artist strategy and label relations, as well as consumer and strategic marketing initiatives. She also played an integral role in overseeing the expansion of MySpace and the MySpace Music platform into 30 international territories. Kantrowitz brings deep knowledge of the music industry, coupled with proven digital media and marketing expertise that will assist MetroLyrics as it expands its current lyrics and content offering.
Over the past two decades Munro has led and advised organizations on how to experience hyper growth by leveraging consumer behavior and demystifying technology as a means to connect with consumers, build a digital brand, and increase revenues and shareholder value. Recently he was the head of Yahoo! Canada, where it became the fastest growing and best performing business unit in Yahoo! worldwide, achieving annual double/triple digit growth over four years. Munro has been recognized as one of Canada’s top influential marketers. He advises executives, boards, growth companies and charitable organizations, and is a sought after contributor to national news organizations. His deep expertise growing emerging online businesses will help MetroLyrics strengthen its advertising platform and expand into other distribution points, such as mobile.
Charles Seely is an entrepreneur and advisor/investor who sits on the advisory boards of various companies including the StartupExchange Fund, Scanbuy, Actarus Funds and Slooh, and is an advisor to the UK Government as a “Dealmaker” for the Global Entrepreneurs Programme. Seely was previously the top salesperson at TCS, a telecommunications software company backed by Cisco and Nomura, and was an integral part of the leadership team that grew the company from $5 million to $30 million in revenue prior to its sale for $150 million. Seely founded Brandfever, an online factory outlet, where he built a world-class leadership team. His entrepreneurial leadership and strategic business insight will provide great counsel for MetroLyrics continued growth and development.
“During my tenure at Yahoo! Canada I was impressed by the success and growth of MetroLeap and MetroLyrics.com,” said Munro. “With limited resources they were able to create one of the dominant niche plays in the music industry and engage users in a key online category. I look forward to working with the management team and other board members to continue to scale this business for ongoing growth and success.”
About MetroLeap Media, Inc.
MetroLeap Media, Inc. is a leading provider of music and entertainment content. Its flagship product, MetroLyrics.com, is one of the top five music destinations worldwide, connecting more than 33 million music fans to their favorite songs, artists and each other. MetroLyrics.com provides the largest database of licensed, complete and accurate song lyrics through its partnership with Gracenote, and is the exclusive lyrics provider to AOL Music and its suite of music properties. MetroLeap Media and its founders, Milun Tesovic and Alan Juristovski, have received recognition as a 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award finalist, Red Herring Canada Top 50 company, 2008 Burnaby Business Excellence Award, and 2008 Simon Fraser University Entrepreneur of the Year Award. For more information about MetroLeap visit www.metroleap.com.