Brian Benedik is currently VP of Global Revenue at Niantic, an augmented reality cloud and content platform, a strategic initiatives consultant at Audible, Inc. and board member of the Gabelli School of Business and Sounder.fm. Over his almost seven years at Spotify, Brian was first an SVP and Head of Sales for North America and Latin America, where he launched the U.S. advertising business for Spotify including revenue, and then became the Global Chief Revenue Officer, where he built and lead a team of 500+ across the North America, Latin America, Europe & Asia-Pacific regions.
Prior to Spotify, Brian founded the Katz Digital Unit of Katz Media across online audio and video, as well as mobile and email marketing products. He was also the leader of a $400 million/year Christal Radio sales rep firm as the president of Katz Media Group, with additional experience at iHeartMedia and Clear Channel Communications.
Brian is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University as well as the Columbia University Graduate School of Business Executive Education program. He enjoys building teams within purpose driven organizations, developing and coaching people, continual learning and creating a company culture where individuals can grow and thrive. He lives in Wyckoff, New Jersey with his family.