Gracenote Leadership Team

Stephen White
Stephen White
President

Rising through the ranks at Gracenote, Stephen has played a critical role in shaping the company into a digital entertainment leader. He spearheaded the development of Gracenote technologies for top entertainment platforms and brands, including Apple, Ford and Sony. Today, he oversees all company strategy and operations, and is responsible for growing Gracenote’s core business and vision.

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Ty Roberts
Ty Roberts
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Ty helped co-found Gracenote when his company ION merged with CDDB in the late 1990s. He is credited with producing the industry’s first interactive music experience on CD for artists like Brian Eno and David Bowie. Connected to practically everyone in the business, from music labels and artists to technologists, Ty is a frequent speaker at music and TV industry conferences and events.

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Steve Scherf
Steve Scherf
Gracenote Fellow, Co-Founder and Chief Architect

Along with Ti Kan, Steve developed the CDDB compact disc recognition service as a hobby in 1995 to get personal computers to display information about the CDs they were playing. To his surprise, the service was overwhelmingly popular, and a few years later Gracenote was born. Steve has since been the driving force behind nearly every Gracenote technology, and is considered a pioneer of media recognition.

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Tal Ball
Tal Ball
Senior Vice President, Products and Technology

Tal is a Silicon Valley veteran, whose leadership has spanned a range of technology companies, including Agile Software and Cadence Design. At Gracenote, Tal is responsible for all things engineering and product. He oversees the incredibly talented teams that keep the Gracenote database and technology running across billions of devices.

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Brian Hamilton
Brian Hamilton
Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Brian started at Gracenote more than a decade ago as vice president of Pan Asia Sales, during which time he established and managed the company’s offices in Japan, Korea and Taiwan, building a strong sales channel throughout the region. Today, Brian oversees all global sales and marketing, and works closely with some of the biggest names in entertainment to license and deploy Gracenote technology, services and data.

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Desmond Cussen
Desmond Cussen
Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and General Counsel

After a successful career in private practice, Des joined Gracenote as General Counsel. Today, he manages the company’s legal affairs, including the licensing of Gracenote technology and data, as well as the company’s intellectual property portfolio. In addition to handling all things legal, Des oversees the finance and IT teams.

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Eric Allen
Eric Allen
Senior Vice President, Services

Eric oversees a multi-talented, professional services team responsible for UX design, prototyping and Gracenote technology and product integration. His team is credited with helping conceptualize and develop a number of groundbreaking Apps, from HABU Music and Honda's This Incredible Life to the Grey's Anatomy second screen App for ABC TV, which garnered an Emmy nomination.

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