Shazam brings on Grooveshark's James Pearson for global comms

Pearson succeeds former Shazam comms leader Brendan Lewis, who left the music app in June.

NEW YORK: Shazam has appointed Grooveshark corporate communications EVP James Pearson as its new VP of global communications.

Pearson, who stepped into his most recent role at Grooveshark last summer, is succeeding Brendan Lewis, Shazam’s first comms leader. Lewis left the music-identification app in June – after only six months on the job – to join The Pramana Collective as partner.

On Friday, Pearson updated his LinkedIn profile to include the new role at Shazam. Pearson and other Shazam executives were not immediately available for comment.

When Lewis held the role of global comms VP, he reported to Shazam CMO Patricia Parra. Lewis joined Shazam from Foursquare.

Pearson was the first EVP of corporate comms at Grooveshark, where he was responsible for educating the sector about the brand’s ad-funded music streaming business model and building awareness among the media and music industry about its community of users. He reported to Grooveshark CEO and cofounder Sam Tarantino.

Representatives from Grooveshark were not immediately available to respond to enquiries about Pearson’s departure or who will succeed him.

Prior to Grooveshark, Pearson served as VP of communications at the Mobile Marketing Association. Before that, he served as corporate communications director at BrightLine.

Pearson was also previously director of corporate communications for nearly a year at website and app designing company The Wonderfactory. And he worked at MindsInSync for about 18 months as senior director of corporate communications, and at Audible as director of corporate communications from December 2006 to June 2010.

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