Gitte Bendzulla has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) at France-born audio streaming service Deezer.
She will begin her role on April 19, 2022.
Reporting directly to Deezer’s CEO, Jeronimo Folgueira, Bendzulla will oversee operations and ensure “the highest level of operational efficiency and excellence for Deezer”, says the company.
She will work closely with Folgueira and the rest of the management team to implement the company’s growth plans, and will be based in Deezer’s HQ in Paris.
Bendzulla brings almost 20 years of experience in COO and senior roles.
She joins Deezer from Spark Networks SE, a US-based dating company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
At Spark Networks, she served as Managing Director and COO, and prior to his appointment at Deezer in 2021, Folgueira also served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Board at the company.
Before that, Bendzulla held several senior positions on a European and global scale with companies such as Juniper Networks and APM Terminals in The Netherlands, Eaton Industries in Switzerland, and SITA Suez Group in Germany.
Bendzulla is also admitted to the German bar.
Bendzulla’s hiring comes several months after Stephane Rougeot was named Chief Financial Officer and Deputy CEO of Deezer.
“I am thrilled to be welcoming Gitte to Deezer.”
Jeronimo Folgueira, said: “I am thrilled to be welcoming Gitte to Deezer.
“I’m fortunate to know Gitte well from working with her in my previous role, and I know she will be extremely valuable to help us unlock the full potential of Deezer in this new phase of growth.
“As a seasoned executive, with a strong experience working for tech companies, I am confident Gitte will be a tremendous asset as we continue to manage our growth, scale our operations and execute our strategic plan.”
“Deezer has set the stage for success in a highly competitive and complex industry in the past years.”
Gitte Bendzulla, added: “I am excited to join Deezer, the company that lives and breathes passion, innovation and uniqueness by bringing music to millions of people every day.
“Built by its awesome employees, its amazing culture, its distinctive curation of music, pioneering technology and approach to the market, Deezer has set the stage for success in a highly competitive and complex industry in the past years.
“I am very much looking forward to helping all the teams to successfully structure and deliver the ambitious strategic roadmap ahead.”Music Business Worldwide