MQA Hires Former Warner Music Group Executive Jbara as CEO

As CEO Jbara will leverage his music industry background and understanding of technology to grow the MQA format.


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.”

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Robert Archer
Robert Archer:

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; both schools are located in Haverhill, Mass.


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