Adam Klein - CEO, eMusic
President and Chief Executive Officer, Adam Klein brings more than 20 years of innovative thinking to eMusic with deep experience in digital media and strategic management. A highly experienced strategist, executive and leader, Klein has applied his expertise within the rapidly transforming media industry confronted by relentless advances in digital technology, consumer adoption and business model transitions. Over the decades he has helped both Fortune 500 and start-up companies drive sustainable competitive advantage and growth through constant innovation.
Immediately prior to eMusic, Klein was founder and CEO of the consulting firm Media Leader LLC, where he specialized in leading and supporting media businesses through transition. He continues to teach graduate students as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of Journalism.
Klein’s background includes work as a consultant as lead partner with Booz Allen Hamilton’s media practice, with Boston Consulting Group and his own company, Klein & Co. He also has held executive roles at AskJeeves.com, as president and chief operating officer; Hasbro, Inc., as executive vice president and president of global marketing; VideoEgg, Inc., as president; EMI Music, as executive vice president of strategy and business development, including Digital P&L; MTV Networks, as executive advisor to the chairman and CEO; and South African Broadcasting Corporation, as executive advisor to the CEO.
Born and raised in South Africa, he spent his undergraduate years at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He later went on to obtain both an M.B.A. (1979) and Doctorate (1987) in change management from Harvard Business School, where he also lectured on strategy and general management.