Mike Lunsford is the executive vice president of RealNetworks. He joined the company in 2008. In his role, he oversees RealNetworks' carrier services division. In 2011, he served as the company's interim chief executive officer. In 2008-09, he served as the chief executive officer of Rhapsody, a joint venture between RealNetworks and Viacom.
Prior to joining RealNetworks, he was a Vice President of Earthlink and served as interim CEO, taking over from Garry Betty who died from a serious form of cancer. Lunsford was named CEO on November 21, 2006 by Earthlink's Board of Directors. Before November 21, Lunsford served as the vice president of voice and access for Earthlink. At Earthlink, he served in a number of different executive roles including oversight of product, marketing, loyalty, broadband and special projects.
Before joining EarthLink, Lunsford worked as a consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in Chicago and Scott, Madden & Associates, a management consulting firm in Raleigh, North Carolina.
He received an undergraduate degree and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of North Carolina.