Today, HTC announced that they have appointed five year Disney vet, Paul Brown, as their newest Vive Europe General Manager. While at Disney, Brown served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital D2C and Disney Interactive. He also spent a year and a half at Spotify as Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships.
“I am looking forward to working closely with the global Vive team to ensure we maintain and build on our position as a leader and pioneer, with our partners, in the VR space,” said Brown in a statement. Brown compared VR’s infancy to music and video streaming a decade ago, stating that he is excited to enter at VR’s start point and assist in its maturation.
“I am incredibly excited to join the Vive team. Virtual reality has the potential to change the world and to genuinely unleash our imagination,” said Brown. “HTC Vive is leading the way in truly immersive VR technology and content and we are only at the beginning of the journey, much like we were with music streaming and video on demand a decade ago! I am looking forward to working closely with the global Vive team to ensure we maintain and build on our position as a leader and pioneer, with our partners, in the VR space.”
Brown will oversee HTC Vive’s growing European business across its VR content, software and hardware ecosystem. HTC Vive has been expanding its operations in 2017, launching Viveport subsciption service, as well as new hardware such as the Vive Tracker and Vive Deluxe Audio Strap. Additionally, through the Vive X program incubator several startup companies have unveiled new tech such as interactive eye tracking, social connection, and wireless connectivity. HTC is making big moves, and this hire is just another example of how they are looking ahead to be competitive and cutting edge in the VR realm.