Spotify hires ex-Pandora Australia and NZ boss Jane Huxley as MD in region

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Jane Huxley has been named MD of Spotify Australia and New Zealand.

The exec was MD of rival Pandora in the territories for half a decade before stepping down earlier this year.

Pandora has this week ceased to operate in Australasia, retreating to wholly focus on the US market.

Huxley will begin her new role at Spotify on September 1.

She succeeds former Spotify Oz MD Kate Vale, who exited the company in May after more than five years in the role.

“Jane is an impressive addition to Spotify and we have every confidence in her ability to lead our very successful Australian & New Zealand business through the next phase of growth.”

Stefan Blom, Spotify

Across a 25 year-plus career, Huxley has worked in senior roles at companies including Microsoft, Vodafone and Fairfax.

Stefan Blom, Spotify’s Chief Content Officer, said: “For more than 25 years Jane has built a career based on innovation, media, technology and disruption, and is a respected and awarded business leader.

“Jane is an impressive addition to Spotify and we have every confidence in her ability to lead our very successful Australian & New Zealand business through the next phase of growth.”

Spotify confirmed earlier this week that it had surpassed 60m subscribers, recently adding more than 2m a month.Music Business Worldwide

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