We broke the news a couple weeks ago that Beatport's President/CEO Matt Adell was stepping down and taking a more of a consulting role with parent company SFX. It was rumored that Chief Operations Officer Lloyd Starr was taking the position, which was later confirmed.
Today Starr issued the following statement on the Beatport news site, stating in part:
There’s a lot new here. We have new owners in SFX Entertainment. We have a lot of new people and new partners. And you’ll soon see some new features and services. In line with that theme, there’s also new leadership driving all this forward, starting with myself as the company’s new president.
Taking over the reins at Beatport has special meaning to me. I was the company’s first employee after the original founders. Hired as a senior flash developer, I actually coded the original Flash store (…sorry about that). In the beginning we worked together on one long desk in a space so small I needed Liz Miller (now at Big Beat) to move just so I could get out of my chair. Back then the only way to ingest new music into the store was to load all the new tracks into everyone’s personal computers and drive them over to the server farm and upload. I have fond memories of those days.
You can read the entire statement here.