Deezer Taps New CEO In Dr. Hans-Holger Albrecht
December 19, 2014 at 7:10 AM (PT)
DR. HANS-HOLGER ALBRECHT has been named Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of PARIS-based music streaming service DEEZER, effective FEBRUARY 1st.
ALBRECHT comes from MILLICOM, where he was Pres./CEO of the telecom and media group, offering digital services to over 50 million customers in AFRICA and LATIN AMERICA. Previously he held the post of Pres./CEO of MODERN TIMES GROUP, one of Europe's larger media groups with TV, radio, publishing, production and new media assets and 1,500 employees in over 20 countries.
Board Chairman DIDIER BENCH commented, "I'm delighted to welcome HANS-HOLGER to DEEZER. We've worked with him before and know he brings real expertise from the telco, entertainment and services sectors in the workings of subscription models, video and pay TV, radio and advertising."
"It is with a tremendous sense of excitement that I take on the role of CEO of DEEZER," ALBRECHT said. "This is a company that has already built a substantial user base of 16 million people in more than 180 countries. It has come a long way already and become a thriving, pioneering company that is helping to redefine the way we all discover and enjoy music.
"Together with the board and the management team, we will work towards continuing DEEZER's stellar trajectory in the context of a booming market, where streaming holds so much promise for the future of audio listening."
DEEZER has also announced its intention to enter the world of audio entertainment with the acquisition of top radio and podcasting company STITCHER, adding to a number of other new partnerships including telecommunications leader TIM in BRAZIL, media conglomerates PROSIBERTSAT.1 in GERMANY and FASTWEB in ITALY, THE VOICE in the NETHERLANDS and SAMSUNG worldwide.
DEEZER founder DANIEL MARHELY added, "With over 20 years' international experience in running media and telecom enterprises at the pinnacle of digital innovation, HANS-HOLGER is a perfect fit. Combined with our focus on product innovation and our ambitious partnership strategy, I've no doubt that he will help us take DEEZER to the next phase of its development."