After years of jogging around Riverside Park with a cassette player, an idea Don had long imagined was finally possible thanks to the possibility of transmitting digital files over the internet.
Audible debuts the world's first commercially available portable digital audio player, an example of which now rests in the Smithsonian.
Leveraging Amazon's reach and technology innovations has helped millions of readers discover the joys of audiobooks.
Audible introduces Whispersync for Voice, enabling book lovers to switch seamlessly between reading and listening without losing their place. Suddenly readers have what they crave most: more time to enjoy a great story.
Donald Katz is founder and CEO of Audible, Inc. Donald Katz was previously a journalist and author for 20 years, writing five books and serving as contributing editor at Rolling Stone and other publications; his work won a National Magazine Award and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. For his leadership of the company since inception, Katz won the 2004 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for New Jersey. Katz graduated from New York University in 1974, where he studied with novelist Ralph Ellison.
Cynthia Chu joined Audible in 2015 as CFO. She most recently served as CFO for the USA Network division of Comcast NBC Universal, which followed her first divisional CFO appointment overseeing NBC's newly acquired Oxygen Media. Prior to her long career with NBC, Cynthia worked at GE, where she earned a Six Sigma black belt qualification. A native of Hong Kong, Cynthia is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
Anne joined Audible as Chief People Officer in 2016. She most recently served as Head of Human Resources at Bloomberg L.P. Anne spent six years at Bloomberg, during which the global workforce doubled, and where her passion for nurturing talent led to the creation of Bloomberg's Global Leadership Forum. Before Bloomberg, Anne was Managing Director and Chief Diversity officer at Lehman Brothers, with specific focus on the recruitment and retention of women and under-represented groups. Prior to Anne's transition to human capital management, she spent fifteen years with P & L responsibility in fixed income and equity sales at Lehman Brothers and Bankers Trust. Anne is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and is a New Jersey native.
Sanjay joined Audible in 2015 as CIO. He has extensive operating and industry-relevant experience building highly trafficked national consumer brand websites and mobile platforms. Previously, he led diversified senior teams at Priceline before becoming CIO at both Netquote.com and Bankrate, where he oversaw the integration of those companies' complex technology stacks after their merger in 2010. From there, Sanjay became CIO at Seamless.com and then GrubHub, again building world-class tech organizations and subsequently migrating technology platforms after those companies came together in advance of GrubHub's public offering in 2014.
Matt joined Audible in 2009 and has overseen corporate and internal communications and public relations at the company since 2012. His role now includes responsibility for public policy and community affairs as part of an expanded global corporate affairs umbrella. Prior to Audible, Matt held editorial positions at Random House and Scribner and was a columnist for Publishers Weekly and the late Publishing News (UK). He is a graduate of Harvard.
Stas Zakharenko joined Audible as Senior Counsel in 2014 and became Head of Legal in 2016. Prior to Audible, Stas spent seven years with Amazon's legal department supporting its digital and new technologies initiatives, including the Kindle e-readers. For two of those years he was based at Amazon's EU headquarters in Luxembourg supporting launches of the music locker service and AutoRip in the UK, Germany, France and Italy. Before that, Stas spent two years in Florida working as in-house counsel specializing in technology matters. He began his legal career as a corporate law associate with the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Stas is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and received his undergraduate in Music from Stony Brook University.
Beth Anderson has been at Audible since its earliest days and is currently EVP and Publisher. Before joining Audible in 1996, Beth spent 15 years in college text and trade book publishing at Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. Beth has served on the board of the Audio Publishers Association since 2000, chairing committees on memberships, research, and its annual conference. She earned a BA from Cornell University and serves on the university's Library Advisory Board and Council.