Patrick Dolan, the former President and COO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, has joined the board at the podcast hosting and advertising company Libsyn.
“Patrick brings decades of digital media experience at both for-profit companies, as well as the most important trade organization, the IAB. He has been a long supporter of both Libsyn’s business and the podcasting sector overall,” said Libsyn CEO Bradley Tirpak. “As a board member, I know Patrick will contribute significantly to Libsyn’s growth and help position the company to be a go-to-destination for podcasters for all of their needs,” he said in the announcement.
Libsyn becomes the third company where Dolan sits on the board. This month he also joined the board at the machine learning company Alfi and he sits on the board at Scuti, a company that is bringing retail to gaming. Dolan is also an Executive in Residence at Progress Partners, an investment bank serving the emerging technology and media companies.
“I am honored to join Libsyn’s board,” said Dolan in a statement. “As the first podcast hosting company, Libsyn has long been an innovator in the podcast industry. With the recent addition of the AdvertiseCast marketplace and the tremendous growth in podcast advertising, it is an exciting time in the company’s history. I hope to be able to support Libsyn’s platform strategy and development of new value-added services for podcasters.”
Dolan exited the IAB in June 2020 after a 13-year tenure. He joined IAB in 2007 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and was later promoted to IAB’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and in 2017 was named President of the association.
At the IAB, Dolan led the organization through transformational growth, helping to increase membership and co-founding the IAB Tech Lab which devised guidelines for podcast accreditation. And under Dolan’s leadership, the IAB also established the IAB Podcast Upfronts, a leading industry event connecting podcasters to agencies and brands.
Prior to the IAB, Dolan also served in executive roles at The Locomotion Channel, a cable channel co-owned by Hearst Entertainment and Corus Entertainment, and CFO of the Early Learning Coalition of South Florida, a not-for-profit with a budget of over $160 million. Earlier in his career, Dolan served as the director of finance for George Soros’ network of philanthropic entities, the Open Society Institute, where he managed a budget of over $500 million disbursed in over 20 countries.