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Kate Vale, Spotify's founding managing director for Australia and New Zealand, is leaving the streaming company to pursue opportunities outside of business. 

Vale joined Spotify in 2011 and oversaw its launch Down Under the following year, giving the digital music giant its first presence outside Europe and the United States and its 14th and 15th overall markets.

“I am so proud of everything we have achieved in our five years in the market, which has not only been best-in-class for the Spotify business but has also driven real results and growth for the local music industry. This is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” explains Vale, who relocated to L.A. last year where she continued to oversee Spotify’s operations for Australasia. 

A spokesperson says the firm won’t be issuing a formal statement on Vale’s exit. News of her departure comes just days out from Spotify’s fifth anniversary party, which will be celebrated in Sydney next Thursday with Peking Duk, Vera Blue and others booked to entertain guests.

Spotify has already begun its search for Vale's successor.