It's a Red Flag When Billboard Doesn't Even Know Who Pandora's CEO Is
Now last time I checked Tim Westergren is Pandora's co-founder and former Chief Strategy Officer. And, unless Billboard knows something the rest of us don't, Westergren isn't about to become CEO because Pandora has a CEO. His name is Brian McAndrews. In fact, Westergren once told me that hiring McAndrews from the impressive pool of CEO applicants Pandora fielded when the great Joe Kennedy stepped down was a no-brainer. Anyhow, an obvious typo from Billboard. Given the magazine's excellent reputation and continued solid work, they're allowed to make a mistake. Or, who knows, maybe it wasn't a mistake. Either way, it's telling that both the headline and the story about Westergren got through, I presume, multiple people and nobody said, Wait, Westergren isn't CEO. McAndrews is. I'm telling you this guy is having such a weak impact it's tough to remember that he's the one who apparently runs the ship at Pandora. Not good. He's a culture-crushing hollow suit with his own office and no vision beyond the obvious and established. Follow @mynameisrocco --Written by Rocco Pendola in Santa Monica, Calif.