Hughes - David

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A technologist and pioneer in electronic media distribution, David has nearly 20 years experience in digital technology with over 16 years in the music business focusing on the digital distribution of music and media.
 
David began his career at Sony Corporation in Tokyo in 1993 and became responsible for formulating a corporate digital distribution strategy for music in 1996. In 1998 he moved to Sony Music in New York where, as Vice President of Technology Strategies and Digital Policy, he created and headed the industry’s first online delivery department.  His responsibilities included the creation of both the technical and business infrastructure required to enable mass online distribution of Sony Music’s catalog. He was responsible for the formulation of digital policy for online distribution as well as for physical and online antipiracy. While at Sony Music David contributed to a number of new physical and digital formats and technical standards including MPEG, DVD-Audio, OMA, SACD, and Blu-ray. He was also an original contributor to the digital networking initiative that evolved to become UltraViolet.
 
He joined the Recording Industry Association of America in Washington, DC in 2006, where he is currently Senior Vice President of Technology. He represents the recording industry’s technology interests and coordinates technology efforts where the industry can work collectively. His responsibilities include the development and promotion of identifier and metadata standards, work on new technologies and formats, and outreach to and coordination with the broader technology community.
 
A former Japanese Government Merit Scholar, David holds a Masters of Management Science from the University of Tsukuba in Japan and a BA from the University of Alberta in Canada.  He is the inventor of a number of U.S. and international patents.