Global Head of Music
Since August of 2009, Michael Bebel has been at Nokia driving new strategies and product direction in the music and entertainment area. Since November of last year Nokia has been rolling out new entertainment propositions bundled with the Lumia line of Windows Phone smartphones. Mr. Bebel was instrumental in the development of the new Nokia Music service which is now live in 25 countries around the world, generating significant engagement and excitement for Nokia Lumia device owners and critical acclaim.
Previously, in May of 2008, Mr. Bebel completed the merger of Ruckus Networks, Inc. with Total Music, LLC to create a transformative platform for the music industry. Total Music was founded by Universal Music and Sony Music Enterprises. Ruckus was a venture backed, advertising supported, online music service that served the U.S. college market. Under Mr. Bebel’s leadership, the Ruckus service had grown by more than 10X to more than 1 million student users.
Prior to joining Ruckus, Mr. Bebel was the CEO of Mashboxx where he pioneered a next generation peer-to-peer network for legitimate media distribution and consumption.
During 2004 and 2005, Mr. Bebel was engaged in a number of consulting and advisory roles across the global digital media landscape.
Prior to that, Mr. Bebel was president of Napster where he ran the operations of the company including the launch of the legal Napster service in October of 2003. He came to this position after serving as CEO of Pressplay where he led the effort to establish one of the first legitimate online music subscription services of scale. Mr. Bebel engineered the sale of Pressplay to Napster’s then-parent company, Roxio, in early 2003.
Before joining Pressplay, Mr. Bebel was EVP of eLabs at Universal Music Group (UMG), where he led strategy and business development and played a leading role in the formation of the Pressplay joint venture between UMG and Sony Music Enterprises.
Mr. Bebel came to Universal Studios, Inc. in 1995 from its then-parent company, Seagram, to initially work directly for the CFO as an SVP in the corporate group until moving into the music group in 1998.