May 2023

RealNetworks Appoints Chris Wheaton as President, COO & CFO

ChampionScott Partners is delighted to announce Chris Wheaton’s appointment as President, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer at RealNetworks, the world’s premier facial recognition and computer vision platform. Chris brings 25 years of experience leading, funding, and building growth enterprises to RealNetworks.

Chris joins RealNetworks from Bsquare Corporation (NASDAQ: BSQR), an IoT systems software provider, technology distributor and system integrator. At Bsquare, Chris served as CFO and COO and previously held finance and operations roles for IslandWood and the Pacific Science Center. Additionally, Chris co-founded EnerG2 Technologies, which he led for 12 years. Chris’ foundational career experience includes roles in product, engineering and general management at XO Communications, a global telecommunications service provider, and Loudcloud, an automation software developer acquired by Electronic Data Systems.

Chris earned his B.A. from Northwestern University and his MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Chris sits on the Board of Directors for PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company where he serves on the Audit and Investment Committees.

About RealNetworks
Building on a rich history of digital media expertise and innovation, RealNetworks has created a new generation of products that employ best-in-class artificial intelligence and machine learning to enhance and secure our daily lives. Real’s portfolio includes SAFR, the world’s premier computer vision platform for live video; KONTXT, an industry leading NLP (Natural Language Processing) platform for text and multi-media analysis; and leveraging its digital media expertise, a mobile games business focused on the large free-to-play segment. For information about all of our products, visit

About ChampionScott Partners
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