Daniel Ek , Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of our board of directors

Daniel Ek Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of our board of directors. As our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Mr. Ek is responsible for guiding the vision and strategy of the Company and leading the management team. He has been a member of our board of directors since July 21, 2008, and his term will expire on the date of the general meeting of shareholders to be held to approve the annual accounts of 2020. Prior to founding Spotify in 2006, Mr. Ek founded Advertigo, an online advertising company acquired by TradeDoubler, held various senior roles at the Nordic auction company Tradera, which was acquired by eBay, and served as Chief Technology Officer at Stardoll, a fashion and entertainment community for pre-teens.

Paul Vogel, Chief Financial Officer

Paul Vogel is our Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for overseeing the Company’s financial affairs. Mr. Vogel previously served as the Company’s Head of Financial Planning & Analysis, Treasury and Investor Relations from 2016 to January 2020. Before joining Spotify, he spent the majority of his career in the investment community as a portfolio manager and equity research analyst, most recently serving as a Managing Director and Head of the Internet and Media Equity Research team at Barclays. Prior to Barclays, Mr. Vogel held various roles in finance, including as a Portfolio Manager at AllianceBernstein and a Research Analyst at Morgan Stanley and DLJ. He is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Katarina Berg, Chief Human Resources Officer

Katarina Berg is our Chief Human Resources Officer. She oversees all aspects of human resource management and is responsible for developing and executing the people strategy in support of our overall business plan. Ms. Berg serves as a member of the board of directors of Sqore and as member of the advisory board of directors of ToppHälsa, Bonnier Tidskrifter. Before joining our team, Ms. Berg held human resources roles in various multinational companies, such as Swedbank, 3 Scandinavia, and Kanal 5 (SBS Broadcasting). Ms. Berg holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources Management and Development in Behavioral Science from Lund University.

Alex Norström, Chief Premium Business Officer

Alex Norström is our Chief Premium Business Officer. As our Chief Premium Business Officer, Mr. Norström is responsible for overseeing strategy, marketing, global partnerships, and product offerings for our subscription business. Mr. Norström was previously our Vice President of Growth and our Vice President of Subscription. Prior to joining Spotify in 2011, Mr. Norström was Chief New Business Officer at King. He was a member of the board of directors of Circle from 2016 through December 2019. Mr. Norström also has a private investment company, Fragrant Harbour Capital AB, based and registered in Stockholm, Sweden. Mr. Norström holds a Master of Science in Business & Economics with a Major in Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Gustav Söderström, Chief Research & Development Officer

Gustav Söderström is our Chief Research & Development Officer. He oversees the product, design, data, and engineering teams at Spotify and is responsible for our product strategy. Mr. Söderström is a startup seed investor and also has been an advisor to Tictail since 2013 and was formerly an advisor to 13th Lab (acquired by Facebook’s Oculus). Before joining the Company in 2009, Mr. Söderström was director of product and business development for Yahoo! Mobile from 2006 to 2009. In 2003, Mr. Söderström founded Kenet Works, a company that developed community software for mobile phones and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer until it was acquired by Yahoo! in 2006. Mr. Söderström holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Dawn Ostroff, Chief Content & Advertising Business Officer

Dawn Ostroff is our Chief Content Officer. She is responsible for overseeing the Company’s global content and distribution operations, including all original content and industry and creator relationships. Company’s global content and distribution operations, including all original content and industry and creator relationships. She is also responsible for managing our advertising sales business. Prior to joining Spotify, Ms. Ostroff served as President of Condé Nast Entertainment, a studio and distribution network with entertainment content across film, television, premium digital video, social, and virtual reality. She was previously President of Entertainment for The CW broadcast network, a joint venture of CBS and Warner Bros. that she helped launch in 2006, and before that, President of the UPN broadcast network. Ms. Ostroff holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Florida International University.

   

Horacio Gutierrez, Head of Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer

Horacio Gutierrezis our Head of Global Affairs and Chief Legal Officer. In this capacity, he oversees the Company’s work on a wide range of areas around the world, including industry relations and partnerships, public policy and trust and safety, among others, and leads a global team of business, public affairs, government relations, licensing, and legal professionals. Mr. Gutierrez joined Spotify as General Counsel in 2016 after spending over 17 years at Microsoft Corporation, ultimately as General Counsel and Corporate Vice President for Legal Affairs. Throughout his career, he has been involved in a number of high-profile legal and regulatory matters and concluded numerous intellectual property deals, including licensing agreements with companies around the world. Mr. Gutierrez has played a leading role on technology and innovation policy issues, including competition policy, intellectual property policy and internet regulation. He holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar; a Juris Doctor degree summa cum laude from the University of Miami; a Bachelor of Laws degree from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela; and a post-graduate diploma in corporate and commercial law from the same institution.

Daniel Ek , Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of our board of directors

Daniel Ek is our founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of our board of directors. As our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Mr. Ek is responsible for guiding the vision and strategy of the Company and leading the management team. He has been a member of our board of directors since July 21, 2008, and his term will expire on the date of the general meeting of shareholders to be held to approve the annual accounts of 2020. Prior to founding Spotify in 2006, Mr. Ek founded Advertigo, an online advertising company acquired by TradeDoubler, held various senior roles at the Nordic auction company Tradera, which was acquired by eBay, and served as Chief Technology Officer at Stardoll, a fashion and entertainment community for pre-teens.

Martin Lorentzon, Co-Founder and Director

Martin Lorentzon is our co-founder and a member of our board of directors. He has been a member of our board of directors since July 21, 2008, and his term will expire on the date of the general meeting of shareholders to be held to approve the annual accounts of 2020. Mr. Lorentzon previously served as Chairman of our board of directors from 2008 to 2016. In addition to his role on our board of directors, Mr. Lorentzon has served as a member of the board of directors of Telia Company AB (“Telia Company”), Sweden’s main telecom operator, from 2013 to 2018. In 1999, Mr. Lorentzon founded TradeDoubler, an internet marketing company based in Stockholm, Sweden, and initially served as a member of its board of directors. Additionally, Mr. Lorentzon has held senior roles at Telia Company and Cell Ventures. He holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the Chalmers University of Technology.

Barry McCarthy, Director

Barry McCarthy is a member of our board of directors. He has been a member of our board of directors since January 8, 2020, and his term will expire on the date of the general meeting of shareholders to be held to approve the annual accounts of 2020. Mr. McCarthy previously served as our Chief Financial Officer from 2015 to January 2020. Prior to joining Spotify, Mr. McCarthy was a private investor and served as a member of the board of directors of several private companies, including for Spotify from 2014 to 2015. He also has served as a member of the board of directors of Pandora from 2011 to 2013 (Chairman of the audit committee), Eventbrite from 2011 to 2015, and Chegg from 2010 to 2015 (Chairman of the audit committee). Since 2011, Mr. McCarthy also has served as an Executive Adviser to Technology Crossover Ventures. From 1999 to 2010, Mr. McCarthy served as the Chief Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer of Netflix. Before joining Netflix, Mr. McCarthy served in various management positions in management consulting, investment banking, and media and entertainment. Mr. McCarthy holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Williams College and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Christopher (Woody) Marshall, Lead Independent Director

Christopher (Woody) Marshall is a member of our board of directors. He has been a member of our board of directors since June 16, 2015, and his term will expire on the date of the general meeting of shareholders to be held to approve the annual accounts of 2020. In addition to his role on our board of directors, Mr. Marshall currently serves on the boards of directors of a number of private companies. Since 2008, he also has served as a general partner of Technology Crossover Ventures, a private equity firm. Prior to that, Mr. Marshall spent 12 years at Trident Capital, a venture capital firm. Mr. Marshall holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hamilton College and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Shishir Mehrotra, Director

Shishir Mehrotra is a member of our board of directors. He has been a member of our board of directors since June 13, 2017, and his term will expire on the date of the general meeting of shareholders to be held to approve the annual accounts of 2020. Mr. Mehrotra previously served as our Strategic Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer, from December 2015 to May 2017. Mr. Mehrotra is the CEO and Co-Founder of Coda, Inc. Mr. Mehrotra has previously served as a Vice President of Product and Engineering at Google and Director of Program Management at Microsoft. Mr. Mehrotra holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Heidi O’Neill, Director

Heidi O’Neill is a member of our board of directors. She has been a member of our board of directors since December 5, 2017, and her term will expire on the date of the general meeting of shareholders to be held to approve the annual accounts of 2020. Ms. O’Neill previously served as a member of the board of directors of Skullcandy, where she also was the Chair of the compensation committee, and the Nike School Innovation Fund, of which she was a founding member. Ms. O’Neill also serves as the President of Nike Direct, a division of Nike, Inc.

Ted Sarandos, Director

Ted Sarandos is a member of our board of directors. He has been a member of our board of directors since September 13, 2016, and his term will expire on the date of the general meeting of shareholders to be held to approve the annual accounts of 2020. In addition to his role on our board of directors, Mr. Sarandos serves on the Film Advisory Board of Directors for Tribeca Film Festival, the board of directors of American Cinematheque, and the advisory board of Film Independent. Mr. Sarandos is also an American Film Institute trustee, an Executive Committee Member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and serves on the board of directors of Exploring the Arts. He also serves as the Chief Content Officer of Netflix and has led content acquisition for Netflix since 2000.

Thomas Staggs, Director

Thomas Staggs is a member of our board of directors. He has been a member of our board of directors since June 13, 2017, and his term will expire on the date of the general meeting of shareholders to be held to approve the annual accounts of 2020. In addition to his role on our board of directors, Mr. Staggs serves on the board of overseers of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and the Center for Early Education. He also serves as the Executive Chairman of Vejo, Inc. Mr. Staggs previously served in various roles at The Walt Disney Company, including as Chief Financial Officer, Chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, Chief Operating Officer, and Special Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer. He also was previously a member of the board of directors at Euro Disney SCA from 2002 until 2015. Mr. Staggs holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Cristina Stenbeck , Director

Cristina Stenbeck is a member of our board of directors. She has been a member of our board of directors since June 13, 2017, and her term will expire on the date of the general meeting of shareholders to be held to approve the annual accounts of 2020. In addition to her role on our board of directors, Ms. Stenbeck chairs the board of directors of Zalando SE, a German-listed e-commerce company. From 2003 through 2019, Ms. Stenbeck served on the board of directors as main shareholder of Kinnevik AB, a Swedish listed investment group, where she also was Vice Chairman from 2003 to 2007 and Chairman from 2007 to 2016. In addition, she serves on the board of directors of several private companies, including Omio, a Germany-based travel company, and Camshaft S.à.r.l. and Verdere S.à.r.l., two Luxembourg-based investment companies. Ms. Stenbeck previously held board positions in Kinnevik’s investee companies, including Millicom International Cellular S.A., Tele2 AB, Modern Times Group AB and Babylon Holdings Ltd. She also chaired, a Swedish family foundation Hugo Stenbecks Stiftelse and acted as Trustee for St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Georgetown University.

   

Padmasree Warrior, Director

Padmasree Warrior is a member of our board of directors. She has been a member of our board of directors since June 13, 2017, and her term will expire on the date of the general meeting of shareholders to be held to approve the annual accounts of 2020. In addition to her role on our board of directors, Ms. Warrior serves on the boards of directors of Microsoft and Thorn. In addition, Ms. Warrior was a member of the board of directors of The Gap, Inc. from 2013 to 2016 and a member of the board of directors of Box, Inc. from 2014 to 2016. From 2008 to 2015 Ms. Warrior worked at Cisco, most recently as Chief Technology and Strategy Officer. She served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of NIO U.S. and Chief Development Officer of NIO Group from December 2015 to 2018. In 2019, she founded Fable Group, where she serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. She holds a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.

   

The Lead Independent Director shall have the following responsibilities:

  • organising and presiding over all meetings of the board at which the chairman of the board is not present, including all executive sessions of the independent directors and non-management directors,
  • calling meetings of the independent directors as necessary,
  • serving as a liaison between the chairman and the non-management directors,
  • overseeing the information sent to the board by management,
  • coordinating with the chairman to set the meeting agendas and schedules to ensure that there is sufficient time for discussion of all agenda items,
  • ensuring that he or she is available for consultation and direct communication if requested by major shareholders and deemed appropriate by the board, and
  • performing such other duties as requested by the board.