The boss of Spotify’s licensing of original content, Pat Shah, has left the company.
MBW’s sources tell us that Los Angeles-based Shah (pictured inset) is the latest senior Spotify executive to depart ahead of the firm’s long-awaited attempt to direct list on the New York Stock Exchange – which is expected to unfurl next month.
His exit follows other recent high-level departures in recent months including those of Kevin Brown (Head of UK/International Artist & Label Services), Stefan Blom (Chief Content Officer), Rob Harvey (Head Of US Label Relations) and Tom Calderone (Head Of Video).
Shah joined Spotify in November 2015 from Universal Music Group, where he was VP of Business Development, working amongst the major’s digital licensing team.
He subsequently led Spotify’s original content strategy from the licensing and business side, which yielded major initiatives like original video series Traffic Jams (produced by All Def Digital) as well as Spotify’s expansion into podcasts.
MBW hears that Shah has snagged a gig heading up music at a digital media platform in the Los Angeles area.Music Business Worldwide