Rdio restructures in Europe with three key hires

Streaming service Rdio has restructured its UK-based European operation, adding three new key execs in key roles.

Hong Nguyen has been appointed as Radio’s new Head of EMEA, moving over from music video hosting service Vevo.

Alex Vlassopulos steps in as Vice President & Head of Business Development, EMEA and Luke Anthony is named Director of Legal & Business Affairs.

The trio will work closely with Oliver Barnes, Vice President of International New Business.

The news follows the departure of former EU partnerships boss Stefan Baumschlager at the end of 2014.

“I am thrilled to welcome Hong, Alex and Luke to the European team as we grow our global customer base,” said Scott Bagby, President of International, Rdio.

“With the addition of these three proven leaders, I look forward to continuing our expansion across Europe and beyond by providing the best music streaming experience.”

Nguyen previously served as General Manager of Vevo where he led UK and European sales, marketing, finance, business development, content and programming.

Prior to Vevo, Nguyen was the Director of Finance at Fox Interactive Media for EMEA, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Prior to Rdio, Vlassopulos served as Vice President of Commercial Development at cloud-based music provider Omnifone.

Before Omnifone, Vlassopulos was Head of Business Development for Digital & Strategic partnerships at Sony Music Entertainment and worked in Product Development, Digital for Universal Music Group.

Anthony joins Rdio from media and entertainment law firm Michael Simkins LLP where he served as a solicitor specialising in music, new media and digital content licensing.

Prior to Michael Simkins LLP, he was in-house counsel at Warner Music Group‘s Digital Legal & Business Affairs group.

At last count, Rdio had expanded into 61 countries. Its head honchos are silent on subscriber numbers, but say the service – which operates across free and paid tiers – has ‘millions’ of users.

[Pictured L-R: Hong Nguyen, Alex Vlassopulos and Luke Anthony (inset)]Music Business Worldwide

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