The podcast technology and analytics platform Acast is aiming to grow its North American market share and it has just hired a new executive to achieve that goal. Brian Danzis has joined Acast as Managing Director of Americas. He’ll spearhead expansion in the U.S, Canada, and Mexico, focusing on business development, major partnerships, content acquisition, and the delivery of new technology in local markets.
“The Americas are Acast’s fastest-growing markets, and we’re excited to welcome Brian to the team to lead the next phase of our expansion,” Acast COO Oskar Serrander said. “His credentials speak for themselves, but what impressed us further is his belief in Acast’s vision and his dedication to accelerating our growth in a space with massive potential,” he said in the announcement.
Danzis was most recently Global Head of Video and Live Events at Spotify, where he led the direct sales team in monetizing the company’s streaming video ad formats and experiential offerings across 79 markets. Prior not that, Danzis was Chief Revenue Officer at the programmatic video platform Virool, and he spent six years at Videology as Senior Vice President of Sales and Sales Strategy for the Americas.
“We’ve reached a watershed moment for audio content. Just as we saw with video, we have an incredible opportunity with audio to provide a platform for creators and publishers to monetize content at scale,” said Danzis. “The podcast industry is still in its relative infancy, but that presents huge growth potential both in content and in its value for advertisers.”
Danzis will be based in Acast’s New York office.
Stockholm-based Acast was founded in 2014 by Karl Rosander, Mans Ulvestam and Johan Billgren. In August the company raised $27.8 million (€25 million) in new financing in a “quasi-equity” deal with the European Investment Bank with plans to expand its global map. Most recently it entered Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and France.