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Spotify Announces Exit of Kevin Brown, Head Of Label Relations for U.K. and International

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The logo of the music streaming service Spotify is displayed on a smartphone on April 20, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

Kevin Brown, Spotify's head of U.K. and international artist and label services, is to leave the company after five years.

Brown's exit was confirmed in a statement by Spotify's global head of artist and label services Rob Harvey, who said that the executive "has decided to leave Spotify after having supported [the platform's] growth over the last five years."

"We thank him for his contributions and wish him the very best in his future endeavours," said Harvey.

Spotify would not comment on when Brown's role at the streaming service ends, although Billboard understands that it will be before the year ends. 

Brown is yet to publicly comment on the reasons for his exit or what his future plans are.

The London-based executive joined Spotify in 2013 and played a key role in growing the company to become the world's biggest streaming service with over 60 million subscribers.

As head of international label relations, his remit encompassed the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific, where he was responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with major and indie labels, artists, managers and industry bodies.

Since 2015, Brown has also served as chairman of the U.K.'s Official Charts Company (OCC). He additionally holds the post of joint chairman of the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA).

Prior to joining Spotify, Brown founded and ran U.K.-based consultancy 360 Music Marketing, whose clients included Coldplay, EMI Music and Warner Music. He has also held senior roles at EMI Music, 3D Artist Management, Arista/BMG Entertainment and indie label 4AD.

Paul Harmer
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