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Spotify Lands a Biz Dev Guy: Clear Channel’s Gerrit Meier

Now that Spotify has its U.S. distribution deal and a fire hose of traffic from Facebook, it’s time to start ramping up revenue.

Last month, the music subscription service hired a new sales boss: former AOL executive Jeff Levick. And now it has brought in someone to head up business development: Gerrit Meier, one of Clear Channel’s top digital executives.

Spotify confirmed that it has hired Meier, the former chief operating officer of digital at Clear Channel Radio, as “GM Distribution and Partnerships,” and that he’ll report to U.S. head Ken Parks in New York.

People familiar with his hire tell me his big-picture job is to put together international distribution and partnership deals. If, for instance, Spotify wanted to partner up with Verizon Wireless on a subscription package, he’d be the guy in charge of that.


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