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Podcast Media Company QCODE Hires Longtime Apple Podcasts Exec. Steve Wilson as Chief Strategy Officer

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Premium content studio and podcast network, QCODE, announced today that it has hired former Apple Podcasts executive Steve Wilson as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer where he will oversee partnerships, marketing, distribution and work with the QCODE team on content strategy. Wilson joins QCODE after nearly 15 years at technology juggernaut Apple. His hiring comes on the heels of QCODE’s recent Series A funding which was led by Sonos and co-led by C-Ventures, and several other high-profile hires.

“Steve has directly shaped and bolstered the podcast industry over his many years at Apple,” said Rob Herting, CEO and founder of QCODE. “We are confident he will help take QCODE to the next level in podcasting.”

“The through line in my career has always been a passion for how technology and amazing content can enhance people’s lives. Podcasting empowers individuals to share their voice with the world and promote storytelling which engenders connection and empathy,” said Steve Wilson, QCODE’s newly appointed Chief Strategy Officer. “I’m excited to be joining QCODE which is at the forefront of this medium and helping to carve a way forward for scripted fiction in the space.”

Lauded by The New York Times for his efforts at Apple, Wilson is a podcast industry veteran who has worked on the world’s most popular podcast platform, across editorial, partner relations, and marketing. In these roles he partnered with podcasters and networks and was responsible for discovering some of today’s most popular shows and hosts. He is one of the most sought after thought leaders in the industry.

Wilson’s hiring is one of several high-profile appointments made by QCODE. Earlier this month the studio named Sandra Yee Ling as Vice President of Production and Michele Zárate as Director of Development and promoted Tess Ryan to the role of Producer and Deron Johnson to Head of Music.


QCODE, a premium content studio and podcast network, was launched in 2019 by former Creative Artists Agency agent Rob Herting. The company is focused on working with creators to originate and innovate stories in audio format that have the potential to grow and be adapted in other mediums, including television series and feature films. QCODE has quickly become the leading destination for scripted fiction and immersive storytelling in the podcast space. The company has released eight scripted podcasts, all of which have been No.1 in the fiction category and top 10 overall on the Apple Podcast Chart.