Spotify Head of Music Culture & Editorial Doug Ford Departing the Company

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Spotify is losing a top executive in charge of playlisting. Doug Ford, a senior director and head of music culture & editorial, told colleagues this week that he'll be leaving the company after five and a half years, sources tell Billboard.

Ford joined Spotify in May 2013 when the music streaming service acqui-hired music discovery app Tunigo, where he had been global director. At Spotify, he oversaw, recruited and managed playlisting teams across genres and, notably, established "The Syndicate," the strategy set that developed many of Spotify's top playlists, including RapCaviar and New Music Friday.

His departure follows a string of high-profile exits from Spotify of late. Other senior departures include chief marketing officer Seth Farberman, preceded by fellow marketing execs Dave Rocco and Angela Watts. Earlier this year saw the exits of Troy Carter, global head of creator services; George Ergatoudis, head of music culture; Mark Williamson, the global head of artist and industry partnerships; and Tuma Basa, global programming head of hip-hop and curator of RapCaviar.

Spotify confirmed Ford had left the company but declined to comment further.

Just this week, the Sweden-based service took its new playlisting tool live, giving indie acts with Spotify for Artists accounts the ability to submit unreleased tracks for consideration on Spotify-curated playlists.