Major Label Refugee Zaidi Joins Limewire

LOS ANGELES (Hypebot) – The major label to tech exodus continues as Zeeshan Zaidi, a former exec ar Sony BMG, RCA Music Group and Arista Records joins Lime Wire as Head of Global, a newly created position. He will be responsible for global strategy at Lime Wire and will report to George Searle, Lime Wire CEO.


Like most similar announcements, the press release is filled more with what Zeeshan Zaidi used to do rather than what his future holds at Limewire. Zaidi comes to Lime Wire from NABBR, where he was COO and Head of Business Development for the online media startup. Prior to NABBR, Zaidi was VP of New Ventures for the Sony BMG Global Digital Business Group. He was VP of Digital Business Operations for RCA prior to joining Sony BMG. He oversaw the digital business of the RCA Music Group.


In this position, Zaidi was responsible for the commercial exploitation of RMG's frontline and catalogue content in all digital formats, including digital downloads, streaming subscriptions, mobile formats, video-on-demand, and online radio.


Prior to RCA Music Group, Zaidi was Senior Director, Marketing for ARISTA RECORDS (BMG). In this position, he was responsible for all New Media Marketing and Partnership Marketing for Arista artists including: Avril Lavigne, Usher, Santana, OutKast, Pink, Sarah McLachlan, Whitney Houston and many others. Prior to that, he was Director of Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Development for Bertelsmann from October 2000 to April 2002.


Zaidi graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University in 1996. He received his Masters of Business Administration with honors from Harvard Business School and a law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2000.