Jose LarruceaSEATTLE — March 4, 2020 — SAFR from RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: RNWK), the world’s premier facial recognition and computer vision platform for live video, today announced the appointment of José Larrucea as Senior Vice-President of International Sales covering both Sales and Business Development in the EMEA and Latin America regions. Following his success building the SAFR business in Latin America, Larrucea will now also be responsible for driving the company’s ambitious growth plans throughout EMEA.

Larrucea, who joined RealNetworks in 2017 as Vice-President for Latin America, brings over 20 years’ experience working in technology startups in Europe and consolidated companies in Latin America where he held C-Level positions at various Naspers-invested companies in Brazil.

“Under José’s leadership, SAFR has grown its market presence at a rapid rate in Brazil and throughout Latin America. With his industry connections, deep understanding of the markets we serve, and the fact that Jose speaks Spanish, Portuguese, English and French fluently, he is uniquely qualified to expand SAFR’s adoption in the fast growing EMEA markets,” said Massimiliano Pellegrini, President at RealNetworks.

SAFR is an AI-powered facial recognition solution, optimized for live video and architected to economically scale with high performance and rapid processing to detect and match millions of faces in real time. SAFR’s 99.9% accuracy rate, according to NIST latest results, is balanced by industry-leading performance that delivers results 3-5 times as fast as competing facial recognition algorithms.

“The rapid adoption of a top-performing Facial Recognition solution like SAFR, coupled with smart processes, brings key benefits to multiple industries where situational awareness, efficiency in checkpoints and process streamlining are needed. I look forward to expanding SAFR’s AI capabilities and RealNetworks’ know-how into Europe,” said Larrucea. “Europe, as much as Latin America, is proving to be an excellent market that requires top-of-class solutions in both technology performance and ethical practices.

Jose Larrucea, who is a Spanish national, holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of the Basque Country and a master’s degree in e-Business from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

About SAFR

SAFR from RealNetworks ( is the world’s foremost computer vision platform for live video. With exceptional accuracy tuned for rapid performance, the computer vision solution instantly detects and matches millions of faces under the challenging real-world conditions presented by live video: faces in motion, at varying angles, under poor lighting, or partially obscured. SAFR’s flexible, powerful SDKs bring visual intelligence to the edge, tapping the power of AI and deep learning to improve safety, increase convenience, and deepen personalization in everyday living.

For more information please contact:

Véronique Froment or Doug Hansel                                                           
Tel: +1 603-537-9248