Foursquare's Brendan Lewis to depart for top comms job at Shazam

Lewis' first day will be January 20. He was named to the top comms role at Foursquare in early 2013.

NEW YORK: Brendan Lewis, director of corporate communications at Foursquare, is stepping down from his role to lead comms for music-identification app Shazam.

Lewis, who was named Foursquare’s first head of comms in February 2013, will start in that role at Shazam on January 20.

During his tenure at the company, Lewis helped it explain its brand shift when it split its features into two apps: Swarm and the original Foursquare.

It is a new role at Shazam, with Lewis reporting to Shazam CMO Patricia Parra, who joined the company last summer.

He said he was attracted to Shazam for reasons including its global footprint and brand recognized around the world.

Lewis said one of his short-term goals is to "get the full breadth of [the brand’s] story" and learn about the company, he explained.

"My two years at Foursquare have been a whirlwind and amazing and I love everything about the company, but I’m really looking forward to getting started over at Shazam," he said.

Prior to Foursquare, Lewis worked at location-based deal site LivingSocial, serving as director of corporate communications. Before that, he was director of social media at WCG.

He also previously served as director of corporate social media relations at Juniper Networks, VP of technology policy at Next Fifteen agency 463 Communications, and senior corporate communications manager at VeriSign. Early in his career, he was an account supervisor at Edelman.

Shazam recently said it will partner with Gimbal to incorporate beacon technology into its software to provide location-based music recommendations.

This story was updated on January 13 to correct that Lewis' position is new at Shazam.

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