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Spotify CFO to depart streaming service, after selling USD9M in shares

NEW YORK (AP) – Spotify’s chief financial officer (CFO) will step down next year, according to the music streaming service, just days after it announced its third round of layoffs for 2023.

In a statement announcing CFO Paul Vogel’s departure, Chief Executive Officer Daniel Ek said that the two had “come to the conclusion that Spotify is entering a new phase and needs a CFO with a different mix of experiences”.

Spotify said this week that it would be axing 17 per cent of its global workforce, citing the need to slash costs and become profitable. About 1,500 people will lose their jobs, a spokesperson confirmed.

Shortly after the layoffs were announced on Monday, Spotify’s stock jumped about eight per cent. On Tuesday, Vogel moved to sell more than USD9.3 million worth of shares, according to securities filings. Two other senior executives also cashed in over USD1.6 million in shares, The Guardian reported.

Vogel will leave Spotify on March 31. Ben Kung, who currently serves as vice president of financial planning and analysis, “will take on expanded responsibilities” in the interim as Spotify searches for a successor externally, the company said in a blog post.

Stockholm-based Spotify posted a net loss of EUR462 million (about USD500 million) for the nine months to September.

The company announced in January that it was axing six per cent of total staff.

In June, it cut staff by another two per cent, or about 200 workers, mainly in its podcast division.

The Spotify logo on a smartphone. PHOTO: AFP