SOURCE: OnLive Inc.

January 03, 2011 20:07 ET

OnLive Names Etienne Handman as Chief Operating Officer

Former Pandora COO Trades Instant Music for Instant Gaming

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - January 3, 2011) - OnLive, Inc., the pioneer of on-demand, instant-play video games, today announced Etienne Handman has joined OnLive as Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. He was COO at Pandora Internet Radio. As COO of OnLive, Handman will take ownership of daily operations and instill the same consumer entertainment expertise and leadership that helped Pandora become a music-streaming juggernaut.

Handman brings to OnLive more than 25 years of experience managing profitable, technology-rich businesses ranging from small startups to large multinationals. During his tenure as COO, Pandora grew from complete anonymity to a music service used by more than 75 million people.

"Both OnLive and Pandora are about using advanced technology to distribute traditional media in a new way, and Etienne knows more about successfully growing such a business than perhaps anyone else on the planet," said OnLive Founder and CEO Steve Perlman. "Etienne is one of the brightest minds and most accomplished team leaders in our industry, and we both strongly believe what happened at Pandora can and will happen here at OnLive."

Handman earned a reputation for organizational effectiveness and agility as Vice President of Operations for De La Rue, where his team created and delivered the first widely deployed smart card in the U.S. He also led ground-breaking technology implementations at Oberthur and E-Loan before becoming a founding member and creator of Pandora Internet Radio.

"It was difficult to leave Pandora," said Handman. "But I couldn't resist joining this extraordinary team. OnLive has the potential to be truly world-changing. This is cloud computing's ultimate destination. I know with Steve's vision and OnLive's technology, we will do extraordinary things together.

With Handman joining as COO, OnLive executive Mike McGarvey has moved into the role of Chief Strategy Officer. 

About OnLive
OnLive is the pioneer of on-demand, instant-play video game services, delivering real-time interactive experiences and rich media through the Internet. With groundbreaking video compression technology, OnLive harnesses cloud computing to provide the power and intelligence needed to instantly deliver the latest, premium game titles to any HDTV via the OnLive Game System or nearly any PC and Mac via a small browser download. The OnLive Viewer app is available for the iPad and is coming soon for Android tablets. OnLive technology is backed by hundreds of patents and patents pending. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. OnLive investors include Warner Bros., Autodesk, Maverick Capital, AT&T, British Telecommunications (BT) and The Belgacom Group. More information is available at

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