Libsyn appoints ex-SiriusXM executive to drive product development across integrated platform

The metadata specialist will help develop new tools for experienced podcasters

Podcast hosting platform Libsyn has announced the appointment of longtime media technology leader Taylor Kirch as director of product management. Based in Champaign, Illinois, her focus will be to help drive product development with particular focus on creator-facing tools.

Reporting directly to Libsyn’s President and Chief Product Officer John W Gibbons, her specific brief will be to oversee improvements to the newest iteration of Libsyn’s platform and the development of ‘next-generation tools for seasoned podcasters’, helping creators ‘unlock their full podcasting potential’.

Kirch, who holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, has over 10 years’ experience in the media-tech space, spanning podcasting, streaming services, and video. Her previous role at SiriusXM involved development of metadata technologies for improved recommendation and discovery tools, as did her prior six-year stint as part of Pandora’s product management team.

“We’re thrilled to bring Taylor on board during a time of tremendous growth and opportunity in both the podcasting industry and for Libsyn,” said Gibbons. “Her record of innovation in audio entertainment as a product innovator makes her a tremendous asset as we continue to develop and expand our platform for all creators, so they more easily bring their diverse voices to life, grow their audiences, and monetize their shows.”

“Throughout my career, I have always had a passion for creating compelling user experiences for content, recommendations, and monetization,” said Kirch. “I’m excited to join Libsyn, a podcasting pioneer and innovator, and apply my knowledge of the podcasting industry and product management to further advance Libsyn’s product development roadmap.”