Mark Williamson, Spotify’s LA-based Global Head of Artist & Industry Partnerships, is leaving the company after seven years.
British exec Williamson joined Spotify in London in 2011, becoming Director of Artist Services and then Head of Artist Services (EU) in 2014.
A year later he was promoted to Head of Artist Services worldwide, before stepping up to Global Head of Artist & Industry Partnerships in 2016.
In that role, he worked with artists, managers and senior executives from across the music industry to develop strategies and partnerships with Spotify.
Additionally, as part of the Creator Services leadership team, he has worked closely with Spotify’s Global Head of Creator Services, Troy Carter.
“I’m grateful that so many of you took the risk, and put aside your concerns, to give us a chance.”
In a note to colleagues and industry friends sent yesterday (June 12), obtained by MBW, Williamson said: “I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say the music world has tilted on its axis in that time and I hope that the change and growth that we’ve seen has been for the better for you and the artists you work with.
“Over the years, as my team and I were out trying to get as many of you as possible to sit down with us, there was no guarantee that the promise of streaming would deliver. I’m grateful that so many of you took the risk, and put aside your concerns, to give us a chance. I hope we’ve made it worth your while.”
Williamson will remain in Los Angeles following his exit from Spotify.Music Business Worldwide