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Meet our leadership team. With decades of entertainment technology experience, our leaders work closely with staff to drive innovation, operate the business and define our culture.

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Kay Johansson

Chief Technology Officer

Kay is Chief Technology Officer of Gracenote responsible for setting the strategic priorities of the company’s technology and engineering organizations which support its Music, Video, Sports, Personalization and Auto verticals around the world.

Prior to joining Gracenote, Kay served as Chief Architect for TiVo, formerly Rovi Corporation. There, he oversaw definition and deployment of the company’s cloud services product and platform.

Earlier in his career, Kay was Chief Technology Officer of MobiTV where he lead all technology and product strategy efforts and successfully scaled the online video platform’s capabilities to serve 25 million subscribers.

Kay is named on more than 25 published and pending patents relating to streaming and bandwidth adaptation techniques and media delivery solutions.

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Simon Adams

Chief Product Officer

Simon is Chief Product Officer of Gracenote where he is responsible for delivering next generation entertainment solutions for the world’s leading pay-TV and OTT providers, CE and media companies, sports organizations, DSP’s and auto manufacturers.

Simon has more than 20 years of digital media experience across licensing, product, marketing and sales. Prior to Gracenote, Simon held a number of leadership positions at Rovi Corp. including Senior Vice President of Worldwide Licensing and Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales.

Earlier in his career, Simon worked in general management, product and marketing roles for U.K. based subsidiaries of Thomson and Philips and Celestion. He also co-founded a mobile and fixed line communications start-up, Pathfinder Telecom.

Simon graduated with Honors from the City University, London with a BS degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. He also served on the Board of Directors for a joint venture between Rovi and Dentsu, the third largest advertising agency in the world based in Japan.

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Sujit Dasmunshi

SVP and Chief Content Officer

As SVP and Chief Content Officer of Gracenote, the Content Services pillar of Nielsen, Sujit is responsible for creating, curating, enhancing and managing Gracenote’s industry-leading entertainment dataset which enables the world’s most engaging digital media experiences and powerful content analytics capabilities. He oversees a globally distributed team of editorial specialists leveraging smart processes and advanced technologies to ensure the breadth, depth and quality of Gracenote Video, Sports and Music metadata.

Prior to taking the helm of Gracenote’s global Content organization, Sujit held a number of senior leadership positions at Nielsen working across diverse cultures, worldwide locations and critical responsibilities for various businesses. Most recently, he served as Global Leader for Talent Engagement and Development after building and managing the company’s relationship with Facebook focused on media measurement.

Sujit earned a Masters Degree in Marketing Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies at the University of Bombay, India.

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Scott Winchester

Managing Director, Americas

Scott is Managing Director, Americas responsible for driving commercial growth across Gracenote’s Video, Sports and Music metadata businesses in the U.S. and Canada as well as overseeing its globally deployed Automotive and Customer Experience teams. Previously, he was VP, Global Video Sales at Gracenote focused on leading engagements with the largest pay-TV providers, streaming services, CE device makers and digital media companies in the world.

Leveraging extensive experience setting sales strategies and building teams to meet the needs of international customers, Scott has held senior positions at companies including Xroad Media, Genius Digital and Rov. throughout his career.

Previously, Scott co-founded and led Asylum Group, a UK-based music management and publishing company. There, he oversaw global business activities for a diverse roster of clients responsible for selling a combined 70 million albums and singles and produced his own UK Top 10 selling record. Staying true to his passion for music, Scott continues to spend any free time he has in the studio.

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Simon Miller

Managing Director, International

Simon Miller is Managing Director, International at Gracenote responsible for helping leading video distribution platforms in EMEA, LATAM and APAC overcome content search, discovery and personalization challenges in order to deliver highly engaging entertainment experiences spanning TV, movies, sports and music.

Prior to joining Gracenote, Simon was an Executive Producer at Bloomberg Sports where he successfully launched a weekly TV show titled “Football Dynamics” which provided fans a unique combination of data-driven insights and expert opinions on the game.

Earlier, Simon served as CEO of Betfair TV where he oversaw development of the world’s first gaming app to sit alongside live sports broadcasts on Samsung Connected TV. During his time at Betfair, he won two industry awards recognizing innovation. Throughout a more than 20 year career in the media, advertising and sports industries, Simon has also held roles at BskyB’s Sky Bet, J. Walter Thompson and Publicis.

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