Executive exits: WMG’s Ole Obermann and Spotify’s Austin Daboh


The latest music executives packing their bags for new climes are Warner Music Group’s chief digital officer Ole Obermann and Spotify’s UK head of music culture and editorial Austin Daboh.

Obermann revealed his decision not to renew his contract in an email sent to colleagues, accompanied by a send-off from CEO Steve Cooper. “He’s accomplished much over the past three years – including leading the renewals for all of our major digital partnerships, helping to expand the scope of our commercial activities, and overseeing the creation of WMG Boost, our seed-stage investment fund,” wrote Cooper, according to MBW. Obermann won’t now be leading the next set of renewals, including Spotify, for WMG.

Meanwhile, Daboh has resigned from his key role in Spotify’s editorial team in the UK, with MBW suggesting he’s joining his former boss George Ergatoudis at Apple Music – possibly in its recently-advertised role for a head of editorial, UK and Ireland. This wouldn’t just be a Spotify reunion though: Daboh and Ergatoudis worked together at the BBC before that. So while this could be seen as a brain-drain from Spotify to Apple, in the longer term, it’s also about a shift of prominent gatekeepers from radio to streaming.

Stuart Dredge

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