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Former Pandora Exec Jane Huxley Joins Spotify as Australasian Managing Director

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Jane Huxley, the former head and founder of Pandora’s now-shuttered Australian affiliate, will return to the streaming music business with Spotify. 

With effect from Sept. 1, Huxley will serve as managing director for Spotify Australia and New Zealand, succeeding Kate Vale, who announced her departure in June to pursue opportunities outside of business. 

“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,” said Stefan Blom, Spotify’s chief content officer, in a statement. “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.”  

Huxley launched Pandora in Australia and New Zealand and guided the company for five years, during which time its ANZ listener base grew to over 5 million registered users. Her departure in March came as a surprise to the local industry. A bigger surprise came when, in late June, the company announced it would exit Australia and New Zealand, the only international territories where it operates, in an effort to focus solely on the United States.
Pandora closed down its Australasian operations on July 31.

Huxley joins Spotify during “an incredible period of growth,” according to a company statement, which notes its afiliate will relocate its Sydney HQ later this year from Chalmers Street Surry Hills to a two-floor space at One Wharf Lane (part of the Hyatt Regency development).

Spotify’s growth isn’t limited to the Australian market. The company has breezed past 60 million paid subscribers, up from 50 million just five months ago. That’s a rate of about 2 million new paid users each month.

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