Spotify Taps Francis Keeling To Head Up Global Licensing
May 17, 2016 at 2:31 PM (PT)
SPOTIFY has hired ex-UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP executive FRANCIS KEELING to join its LONDON office as VP/Global Head Of Licensing in its LONDON office, starting JUNE 1st, according to MUSICBUSINESSWORLDWIDE.COM.
Last month, KEELING announced he was leaving UMG after 14 years, most recently as Head of its Global Digital Business, negotiating pacts with SPOTIFY and its competitors GOOGLE and APPLE, and brings that knowledge with him to the table.
Not coincidentally, UNIVERSAL is reportedly in the midst of thrashing out a mutually acceptable paid/free strategy with DANIEL EK's company. KEELING will report to SPOTIFY's Chief Content Officer STEFAN BLOM, who called the exec, "one of the very best in the business.
"We’re super excited to have him join the band as we continue to evolve and bring together artists and fans by delivering the most compelling and engaging music and media experience.”
Prior to UMG, KEELING held content and biz development posts with the likes of VIVENDI, LAUNCH.COM, PEARSON and the FINANCIAL TIMES. His departure from UMG last month came little over a year after the exit of his longtime boss ROB WELLS.
The ultimate replacement for WELLS at UMG was MICHAEL NASH, who came over from WARNER MUSIC GROUP as EVP of Digital Strategy in OCTOBER.
GRACENOTE founder TY ROBERTS joined NASH at UMG as Chief Technology Officer last month, with ex-WARNER and MIXRADIO exec JONATHAN DWORKIN arriving as SVP Digital Strategy and Business Development earlier this month.