MQA, the music technology company founded by Bob Stuart, announced that it has hired music executive Mike Jbara as CEO. MQA states that in addition to his day-to-day leadership responsibilities, Jbara will sit on the Board of MQA Ltd.
The audio technology company has a history with Jbara, and MQA chairman Bob Stuart points out that Jbara's understanding of the music and electronics industries will help grow the adoption of high-resolution audio and the MQA format.
“We are delighted to have Mike join us to take the helm as MQA moves into this next phase. Our mission is to improve the quality of distributed music and to help connect artists to fans,” says Stuart. “I have known Mike professionally for many years and have immense respect for his technical and industry insight and knowledge, as well as interpersonal and organisational skills. Mike is a good friend and we are looking forward to developing the MQA business together.”
Jbara joins MQA from Warner Music Group, where he has held roles as head of ADA Worldwide, president of WEA Corp. and most recently, EVP of Technology and Business Process.
The long-time music industry veteran adds that he is excited for the opportunity to bring MQA to mainstream audiences.
“I am inspired by the principles that have led to the creation of MQA—a commitment to sound quality, intuitive and natural consumer experiences, and the tireless advocacy for the artists' music,” states Jbara. “I have had the great fortune to work closely with Bob Stuart and develop a partnership and friendship rarely found. The MQA team is exceptional. I could not imagine anything more exciting than to join this team and pursue that vision.”