RealNetworks CEO Search Ends With Appointment of Thomas Nielsen

RealNetworks has hired Thomas Nielsen as its new president and CEO. Nielsen, who will also join the board, most recently served as VP of the Digital Imaging Group at Adobe Systems. According to a filing with the SEC, Nielsen’s base salary will be $450,000. He will also be entitled to a signing bonus of $100,000, stock options and the chance to earn additional bonuses.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik