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Spotify Biz Dev Exec Gerrit Meier Leaves After a Year

Gerrit Meier, who joined Spotify a year ago to help the streaming music service land big deals, is leaving. Meier says he’s going “to pursue a new venture idea.”

Prior to Spotify, Meier had been COO at Clear Channel’s digital division. At Spotify, as “General Manager, Distribution & Partnerships,” he was supposed to link the company up with big companies and brands.

In April, Spotify announced what it described as a significant marketing deal with Coke, though there hasn’t been much visible evidence of that tie-up to date.

Meier didn’t offer details about his new plan, except that he had lined up a “few existing companies as partners,” and that it will be “a European-focused endeavor.”


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