David Hughes

David Hughes

David Hughes

Chief Technology Officer | RIAA

David has over 20 years’ experience in music technology, standards and new formats and has been involved with the online distribution of music since 1996. He joined the RIAA in Washington, DC in 2006, where he is currently the Chief Technology Officer. David represents the recording industry’s technology interests and coordinates technology efforts. His responsibilities include the development and promotion of technical standards, emerging technologies and new formats, as well as outreach to the broader technology community.

Prior to the RIAA, David was at Sony Music where, as Vice President of Technology Strategies and Digital Policy, he created and headed the industry’s first Global Digital Business department. David has contributed to a number of formats and standards including MPEG, DVD-Audio, SACD, Blu-ray, and UltraViolet. He has also been instrumental in the promotion of Hi-Resolution Music.

David holds a Masters of Management Science from the University of Tsukuba in Japan and a BA Honours degree from the University of Alberta in Canada.  He sits on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board and is the inventor of a number of U.S. and international patents.