Deezer CEO stepping down, rumoured to head Netflix France

axel-dauchez-deezerParis-based global music service Deezer has announced that its CEO Axel Dauchez will be leaving his post by September to “pursue a new professional opportunity”.

Deezer’s senior leadership team composed of co-founder Daniel Marhely, COO Christopher Coonen, board chairman Didier Bench and US CEO Tyler Goldman will run the operations until they find a replacement for Dauchez, Billboard reported.

According to the speculations, Dauchez is leaving in order to hold  General Director position at Netflix France which is expected to launch in the second half of this year. Rude Baguette reported other rumours that allege investors’ disapointment with Dauchez’s performance in company’s international operations, including a planned grand opening in the US.

Deezer was founded in 2006, and has been run by Dauchez since 2010. They have received nearly $149 million in funding so far, with the biggest bulk ($130 million in series) coming from Access Industries who owns the Warner Music Group and allegedly wanted Dauchez to go.

Earlier this month, it has teamed up with Samsung to offer the premium music services to Galaxy S5 users in Europe free for 6 months. Deezer is currently available in 180 countries.

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