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Former Pandora boss Jane Huxley is Spotify's new Australian MD

Jane Huxley. Photo: Miles Stone

Spotify has a new Australian managing director, with Jane Huxley, the former boss of vanquished rival Pandora talking on the role.

She replaces the streaming service’s inaugural local MD, Kate Vale, who left in May.

Huxley launched Pandora in Australia in 2012, having previously been CEO and publisher of Fairfax Digital, and an executive at Vodafone and Microsoft.

She left Pandora in March after five years, before the business subsequently announced it would close its Australian outlet in June. Pandora founder Tim Westergreen subsequently stepped down as CEO.

Huxley steps into the role on September 1 ahead of the company relocating to Hyatt Regency’s One Wharf Lane redevelopment at 161 Sussex Street, Sydney, where it has leased two floors.

Spotify’s chief content officer, Stefan Blom, called Huxley an “impressive addition” to the business.

“For more than 25 years Jane has built a career based on innovation, media, technology and disruption, and is a respected and awarded business leader,” he said.

A hallmark of Huxley’s time at Pandora was the commercial contracts, including the Woolworths in-store radio service.

Spotify in Australia had around five million visitors to its platforms in March 2017 according to comScore.

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