SoundCloud Vice President of Partnerships and Content Operations Raoul Chatterjee is leaving the music streaming company.
The London-based executive broke the news this week in an email, seen by MBW, in which he said his last day in the company would be August 31.
He noted in his email that Ama Walton will assume leadership of content partnerships on the platform, while Mike Oliverio will continue to lead content and catalog operations going forward.
News of Chatterjee’s exit from SoundCloud follows the company’s confirmation earlier this month that it is cutting its global workforce by around 20%, blaming “the difficult economic climate and windy opposites of the financial markets”.
SoundCloud CEO Michael Weissman wrote on LinkedIn on Aug. 3 that while it “is incredibly difficult to make changes that affect people,” the decision to do so “is necessary to ensure the long-term success of SoundCloud”.
Chatterjee joined SoundCloud as Director of Content Partnerships in January 2016, responsible for securing music licenses in Europe with major and independent record labels.
In October 2018, he was promoted to VP, Content Partnerships. In this role, according to his LinkedIn profile, he served as a commercial manager for key music industry partners, including Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment.
He also served as commercial manager for Merlin’s independent label network as well as SoundCloud’s European music publishing partners, including Sony Music Publishing, ICE, SACEM and UMPI.
Chatterjee says this role has seen him provide “multi-year license renewals driving the expansion of SoundCloud’s licensed music services”.
In June 2020, Chatterjee was promoted to Vice President of Partnerships and Content Operations. According to his LinkedIn profile, this role saw him lead “global content teams responsible for business partnerships and operations in the sound recording and publishing industries.”
It adds that it has “succeeded in supporting the growth of licensed music services through catalog expansion and enhanced offerings.”
Prior to joining SoundCloud, Chatterjee was SVP Music at 7digital Group plc in London, whose clients at the time included HMV, Guvera and the BBC.
Prior to this, for two years, from 2010 to 2012, Chatterjee ran the commercial division of Warner Music UK, where he was responsible for all commercial relationships with retailers and digital services and had a string of successes with albums sold. to millions of artists such as Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini, Plan B and Michael Bublé. Previously, he was director of business innovation at the major.
He added, “I take great pleasure in walking away knowing that the leaders and teams are a rich mix of diverse backgrounds that I’m sure will lead the company to greater growth and success. . “
In the email announcing his departure from the company, Chatterjee says he was “drawn to SoundCloud as a super fan of the platform.”
He added: “I take great pleasure in walking away knowing that the leaders and teams are a rich mix of diverse backgrounds that I am sure will lead the business to greater growth and success. “
As for his next move after SoundCloud, Chatterjee said in his email that he has “no fixed plans yet.”
You can read his email in full below:
Dear friends and partners in the music industry,
I would like to share the news that after 6.5 years, my time at SoundCloud will end on August 31st.
I’ve had an amazing journey working with some truly inspiring people both at SoundCloud and our music industry partners like you.
I’m proud of our accomplishments along the way, working with content partnerships and many other teams to grow SoundCloud’s licensing deals and relationships with record labels and publishers. These agreements supported the initial launch of our ad-supported service and fan subscription in 19 countries while maintaining our unique ability to support and monetize user downloads. I have always worked hard to ensure that SoundCloud’s investment in music rights brings great value to the company while striving to ensure that artists and songwriters are fairly compensated for their work.
I was drawn to SoundCloud as a super fan of the platform and stayed because of the culture, where openness, integrity and equality are truly part of the lived experience. I take great pleasure in walking away knowing that the leaders and teams are a rich mix of diverse backgrounds that I am sure will lead the company to greater growth and success.
In the UK, SoundCloud is stronger than at any other time with the Tileyard office buzzing with staff and regular visits from incredibly talented artists. Ian Greaves and the UK based music team have reached a whole new level of relationship with the UK industry and in particular I am delighted that my favorite genre – dance music – is killing it again on SoundCloud.
Thank you for all of your support in building our partnerships during my tenure. Going forward, Ama Walton will assume leadership of content partnerships and Mike Oliverio will continue to lead content and catalog operations.
I don’t have any fixed plans yet, so I can’t wait to discover my next challenge. Thank you for staying in touch and I hope our paths will cross again in the future!
All my wishes
Raoul ChatterjeeThe music industry around the world