Napster Germany Hires Sony Exec

Nänder is company's second recruit.

Napster Germany has made a key appointment as it gears up to launch later this year.

Sony Music Germany senior new-media manager Patric Niederländer has been recruited as the download service's business-development director. Based in Frankfurt, Niederländer is tasked with identifying distribution and sales channels, establishing licensees, pursuing promotional opportunities, adding special features and managing partner relationships.

Niederländer is the second hire at Napster Germany; he reports to VP/GM Thorsten Schliesche, whose appointment was announced last month during the Midem trade fair in Cannes.