Amazon's digital music product director jumps ship to Pandora

The music streaming service said Chris Phillips will lead the company's product team and its efforts in design and analytics.

Pandora has a new chief product officer. The music streaming service announced Tuesday that former Amazon product management director Chris Phillips will lead Pandora's product team and its efforts in design and analytics.

While at Amazon, Phillips led the recent launch of Amazon Prime Music, the e-commerce giant's own digital music streaming service, as well as the customer experience strategy across Amazon's mobile, tablet, web and desktop platforms.

Prior to Amazon, Phillips was in charge of the Apple QuickBooks business at Intuit, and also led product and design for the accounting software provider's global business division.

But even with his lengthy resume, Phillips will likely face a tough road leading the growth strategy of Pandora's struggling streaming service.

Although Pandora met its third quarter earnings targets last week, its shares have tumbled amidst rumors that Apple plans to launch a revamped iTunes version of the Beats Music subscription service. Pandora's future seemed even bleaker when it reported poor listener data for the quarter — another factor that likely contributed to its now falling stock price.

Yet even as the former streaming darling rounds out its executive leadership team with the addition of Phillips, it remains to be seen whether the company has the ability to evolve in the growing streaming music market.

Phillips, on the other hand, is obviously optimistic about the opportunity.

"I couldn’t be more excited to join Pandora," he said in a statement. "They have already built an unparalleled experience for listeners, advertisers and artists, and I couldn’t be more bullish on the opportunities ahead."

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