Founders

Rupert Hine FAPRS

Co-Founder - Music Artist/Industry Relations

@ruperthine

Co-founder Rupert Hine, a tech-loving music guy, has been at the forefront of music technology for more than 40 years. Awarded a Fellowship of the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) for “outstanding contribution to the industry especially as an eclectic, seminal producer and as co-founder of the British Record Producers Guild” (now Music Producers Guild), he pioneered electronic musical instrument interfaces with the fledgling MIDI and is a founder member the International MIDI Association. He is also the current Chairman of BASCA's Songwriting Executive Committee.

Rupert has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a record producer, having taken the helm for some 130 albums, and enjoyed considerable success as a songwriter. Billboard's 'The Encyclopedia Of Record Producers' notes that: ‘Few producers have worked with as wide a stylistic range of gold- and platinum-selling artists as Hine, including Tina Turner, The Fixx, Howard Jones, Chris de Burgh, Rush, Bob Geldof, Stevie Nicks, Thomson Twins, The Waterboys, Kate Bush, Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik'. He has worked with a number of less obviously commercial artists, too, including techno-pioneers Underworld. 

Alan Graham

Co-Founder - Technical Architect/Evangelist

@agraham999

“I really like Alan. He's smart, engaging, helpful, insightful, and a lot of fun to work with. He sees way ahead of the curve, understands markets deeply (publishing for example) and knows how to connect both in person and in the virtual forms.”
- Doc Searls, Harvard Fellow
Author of Cluetrain Manifesto & The Intention Economy


A digital chameleon, technologist, and producer, working in over 10 profound technologies in his 20+ year career, from digital video, animation, e-commerce, online hiring, presence detection, blogging, mobile computing, RSS, online publishing, and more. He has appeared as an author in numerous magazine, several O’Reilly books and blogs, the ZDNet Web 2.0 founding author, as well as being a widely cited expert in design.  In 2003-04 Alan created the worlds first book dedicated to blogs as literature, "Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers." Many of the writer’s featured have gone on to be recognized for their online writing, including Heather Armstrong (Dooce), Will Wheaton (Star Trek), Choire Sicha (The Awl), & Mark Fraunfelder (boing boing). 

Alan also spent three years at Discovery Channel as the Community and Music Liaison during the launch of their Planet Green TV channel and was responsible for the creation and launch of Discovery’s first music website.

Management

Andy Heath

Chairman

Andy Heath has over 40 years experience in the music industry. He is on the board of Beggars Group (Since 1989), one of Europe’s leading and significant independent music companies, and is currently Chairman of Beggars Music the group’s publishing division.

Andy has serviced on the Council of the Music Publishers Association since 1989 (President from 1993 – 1997) and was instrumental in setting up the Music Alliance (now PRS for Music), the operational merge of the Performing Right Society and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society.

In January 2008 he was appointed Chairman of British Music Rights, which he co-founded in 1997.

In October 2008, he became Chairman of UK Music representing for the first time the whole of Britain’s commercial music industry.

In 2009, Andy was awarded an MBE for services to music publishing.  

Serge Acker

CEO

One of the first digital natives, Serge has been involved in the digital transformation of the consumer electronics and luxury industries for the past 20+ years. From the very first bulletin board services, his passion for technology and his focus on customer experience has helped him lead digital marketing efforts for multiple brands on the agency side, before joining Apple where he successfully led global customer acquisition programs for the Online store. He then honed his eCommerce talents first at Philips, then more recently at Ralph Lauren where he served as SVP in charge of Digital marketing & eComnmerce in EMEA.

Prior to joining OCL as CEO, Serge served as Chief Digital Officer at L’Oreal Consumer Products, where he led the acceleration of the digital transformation of brands such as L’Oreal Paris, Garnier, Maybelline and NYX Professional Makeup.

PJ Dulay

SVP Music and Media Relations

PJ has been at the forefront of every business and technology transformational challenge in the music industry in the past 20+ years. Working in senior management roles across all sectors of the business from broadcast licensing, film and TV sync, music publishing, production music, collective licensing agencies and both indie and major record labels has given him a unique insight into the drivers for successful growth and change.

Most recently as VP of Global Digital Initiatives and a member of the global digital board of Universal Music Group he was responsible for devising and implementation of industry leading data driven platforms utilising the latest advances in algorithmic acoustic data extraction, machine learning, social metrics and repertoire meta-data.  

The team

Klaas Speller

Engineer/ Developer

Aris Striglis

Back-End Developer

Nikos Pachis

UI-UX Designer/ Front-End Developer

George Gafos

iOS Developer

Angeliki Papagiannopoulou

Data Scientist

Nikos Rossolatos

JavaScript Developer

Xanthippi Lemontzoglou

Data Analyst

Denise Xifaras

Data Scientist

Dimitris Niavis

Designer

Marcus Palmanto

Low-Level Developer

Maria Dipteni

Designer

Olga Paraskevopoulou

Coordinator