Libsyn provides the most advanced podcast hosting platform and ecosystem for podcasters to create, distribute and monetize content worldwide.

Liberated Syndication Inc. (Libsyn) is a world leading podcast hosting platform that has been equipping creators with hosting, distribution, and monetization services since 2004. This legacy syncs with our founding vision to provide the most advanced podcast hosting platform and ecosystem for podcasters to create, distribute and monetize content worldwide. In 2021 Libsyn hosted millions of media files from 75,000+ podcasts, delivering billions of downloads. Libsyn’s family of brands includes Libsyn, Libsyn Glow, Libsyn Studio, Pair Networks and Libsyn’s Advertisecast Marketplace, the industry’s leader in connecting advertisers to podcasters. These brands work together to give podcasters a comprehensive toolkit for sharing their passion, telling their stories, and changing the world.

Leadership Team

To facilitate our vision, Libsyn has established a team of experts, who work together as thought-leaders in the podcasting ecosystem. Each member brings a special brand of experience and knowledge to the table that measurably furthers our mission. Libsyn’s team continues to grow as the marketplace demands greater and greater stewardship through the dynamic podcasting macrocosm.


John W Gibbons

John W. Gibbons
Interim Chief Executive Officer, Libsyn
President and Chief Product Officer, Libsyn

John W. Gibbons has been at the forefront of the podcast and digital media industries throughout his career. He most recently served as CEO of Pocket Casts, an industry-revered podcast app that was backed by a consortium of investors, including NPR, WNYC, WBEZ, and the BBC, and was acquired by Automattic, the parent company of, in 2021. Prior to Pocket Casts, John spent over a decade with and its subsidiary, The Internet Movie Database (; following his tenure at, he served as VP of International for Sizmek, a global ad server, preceding its acquisition by A VC-backed Founder and CEO of a digital-first video company, John also helped launch and grow Atom Tickets, an award-winning movie ticket e-commerce app, and has served as an advisor to Podchaser, an industry-leading podcast-discovery database, since its inception.

Jonathan Charak

Jonathan Charak
Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, Libsyn

Builder of businesses and motivated support teams, Jonathan Cherak is a highly skilled and respected finance and operations executive who partners with CEOs to positively impact all facets of business operations. A skilled and straightforward communicator and mentor with a team-focused approach, he creates value for all stakeholders, maintaining the highest level of integrity. In the past, Jonathan led three companies to high ROI exits and co-founded two companies. He is equally comfortable working in the accounting trenches as with communicating and creating value at the highest levels, working with fellow executive team members, Board members, investors and all other key stakeholders. Jonathan received a BS in Accounting from Indiana University and the Kelley School of Business.
Elsie Escobar

Elsie Escobar
Director of Communications & Content | Podcasting Hall Of Famer

Elsie Escobar is Libsyn’s Community Manager and co-host/producer of The Feed: The Official Libsyn Podcast. She is a 15-year veteran in the podcasting industry and an inductee to the Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame. Elsie is also Co-founder of She Podcasts, a podcasting community for women + non-binary that has more than 20k members with a corresponding podcast and conference.

A podcasting advocate, pundit, and mentor to primarily women podcaster leaders, Elsie drives dialogue in the podcasting industry focusing on society and culture as well as the power of podcasts to drive social change. Elsie earned her BFA from Loyola Marymount University and her MFA at the National Theater Conservatory.

Rob Walch

Rob Walch
VP of Podcast Relations, Libsyn | Podcasting Hall Of Famer

Prior to joining Libsyn in 2007, Rob Walch was President and founder of podCast411, Inc. He is co-author of the book Tricks of the Podcasting Masters, 2006, an editors’ pick as a Top 10 Reference book for 2006 by Rob was listed as the 5th most influential person in podcasting according to the book Podcasting for Dummies, Wiley Press 2005.

Rob has consulted on podcasting for eBay, Jack Welch, Tim Ferriss, Senator Edwards, Governor Bill Richardson, Dr. Mark Hyman, Noah Shanok (Stitcher), and the Sacramento Kings/Monarchs, to name just a few. He is also on the editorial board and a columnist for the Podcast Business Journal. Rob was Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee for the Association of Downloadable Media and on the committee for the IAB Podcast Metric Guidelines. Rob received his BS in Engineering from the University of Dayton and his MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Rich Romano

Rich Romano
VP, Marketing, Brand & Communications, Libsyn

Rich Romano is a marketing and retail leader with decades of expertise in mentoring individuals and building collaborative, high performance teams in eCommerce, Brand Management, Brand Development & Campaigns, Marketing Operations, CRM, Loyalty, Acquisition and Retention. His skills have been honed and lauded at companies including Bluehost, HostGator, Network Solutions,,, Southeastern Grocers and Winn-Dixie Stores. Beyond his many years in Marketing, Rich has been an operator for multi-million dollar businesses as well as a merchant, who has developed and run categories, delivering $100+ million in profit. Rich earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Florida.
Andy Rodgers

Andy Rogers
Senior Director of Partnerships, Libsyn

Andy Rogers is a senior marketing professional with 15+ years of diverse B2B and B2C experience at leading entertainment companies like ESPN, iHeartRadio, Food Network and Viacom/CBS. An innovative problem-solver, he has a solid history translating business objectives into brand strategies using a creative and analytical approach. Andy also demonstrates unique expertise in handling marketing campaigns, analysis, testing and business development. He is measurably adept at brand promotion and advertising sales, with singular audience growth strategies and execution, as well as a proven flare for data analytics. Andy earned his BA from the University of Connecticut.
Trevr Smithlin

Trevr Smithlin
AdvertiseCast Founder and Chief Innovation Officer Libsyn’s AdvertiseCast Marketplace

A seasoned software/internet entrepreneur and marketer, Trevr developed the initial vision for the AdvertiseCast Marketplace based on a passion for the podcast space as a consumer. Now joining forces with Libsyn as CIO (Chief Innovation Officer), he is responsible for overseeing new strategies, building out and leading the publisher team, and also brings a solid background in online marketing, product design and technology to the table as the visionary for the AdvertiseCast platform. Trevr earned his BS at UW Oshkosh.
Dave Hanley

Dave Hanley AdvertiseCast Founder and Chief Revenue Officer Libsyn’s AdvertiseCast Marketplace

Dave Hanley is responsible for sales and business development at AdvertiseCast Marketplace, the podcast advertising division of Libsyn. Prior to entering the podcast industry, Dave co-founded several successful enterprise SaaS businesses in the insurance and risk management sector. He co-founded AdvertiseCast in 2017 based on his passion for consuming great podcasts and the company quickly became a leader in the space as the first and largest online podcast advertising marketplace. Dave received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.

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