Pandora’s Australia and New Zealand boss Jane Huxley exits company

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The MD of Pandora in Australia and New Zealand, Jane Huxley, is leaving the company after five years.

Huxley joined the loss-making streaming business in 2012 to launch Pandora in the ANZ region.

She becomes the fourth key Pandora exec to vacate their position over the past 12 months.

Former CEO Brian McAndrews exited the business in March last year. He was followed out the door by COO Sara Clemens in December.

Meanwhile, Mike Herring recently dropped his role as Chief Financial Officer – making way for Naveen Chopra. Herring maintains a position as President of the company.

Huxley is said to be leaving Pandora to  “pursue other opportunities”.

“Jane has firmly established our brand in the ANZ market, built a world class team, and pioneered our first subsidiaries outside of the United States. We wish her well.”

Tim Westergren, Pandora

Prior to Pandora, she worked at publishing company Fairfax Media as CEO and Publisher of its Digital division.

Taly Yaniv, Pandora’s director of revenue operations for ANZ, will lead the business in the region as interim head following Huxley’s departure.

Tim Westergren, Pandora’s founder and CEO, said: “We thank Jane for her dedicated service over the last five years. She has firmly established our brand in the ANZ market, built a world class team, and pioneered our first subsidiaries outside of the United States. We wish her well.”

Huxley said: “it’s been an amazing ride at Pandora, and I’m so proud of all we have achieved. During my time we have grown a listener base of over 5 million registered users, successfully implemented the commercial model in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, and established many significant market partnerships.

“With the business on these solid foundations, I’m looking forward to my next adventure.”

Pandora posted a net loss of $343m last year.

The company recently launched its on-demand streaming offering, Pandora Premium, in the US market.

This month will see the results of Pandora’s latest Board election, at which CEO Tim Westegren’s seat is believed to be eligible for change.Music Business Worldwide

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