By Vikram Sethi

RealNetworks has named Thomas Nielsen as its new president and chief executive officer. Nielsen, who will also become a member of its Board of Directors, starts at RealNetworks on November 9th.

Nielsen, 41, most recently served as vice president of the Digital Imaging Group at Adobe Systems, leading the business unit for Adobe’s largest product line which includes Photoshop, Elements and Lightroom, in addition to mobile, web and tablet solutions. Prior to his seven years at Adobe, Nielsen spent five years at Microsoft in the digital media space.

Nielsen will be taking over from Mike Lunsford, who has served as interim CEO since March 2011. Lunsford, who has been an executive at RealNetworks since 2008, will continue to work at RealNetworks in a senior capacity, reporting to Nielsen.

(Vikram Sethi is editorial intern with He can be reached at [email protected])