Meet our new Global Head of Business Development

Faisal GalariaThe Spotify family is getting bigger and we’re delighted to welcome Faisal Galaria as our new Global Head of Business Development. Faisal brings nearly 15 years of experience from consumer internet, media, regulatory and professional services to the role and we’re excited to have him join the team.

He joins us from the great travel site Kayak where he was Managing Director, International and responsible for launching the site in nine countries. Previously Faisal was General Manager of Jaman and before that Director for Europe at a little start-up called Skype. At Spotify, he will be helping us with international expansion, building partnerships and distribution. “I am passionate about building disruptive companies,” says Faisal. “Spotify is changing the way we all enjoy music and the old paradigms of music ownership. It’s going to be fun.”

Faisal is an ex-athlete (his words, not mine) and enjoys outdoor sports especially scuba diving. Back indoors he’s an avid film fan and particularly enjoys international and festival award winning films. Welcome aboard!

Oxjam & Cool To Be Kind

There are a lot of great festivals over the summer but Oxjam is one of the more exciting festivals that we’re proud to be associated with.

Oxjam is Oxfam’s month-long nationwide music festival with a difference – it’s about music bringing thousands of ordinary people together to combat poverty all over the world. This year Cool To Be Kind (C2BK) have been given the great privilege of hosting an Oxjam Festival Flagship event on the 16th of October at Matter, London’s premier music venue at the 02 Arena.

They’ll be releasing some specially made C2BK Oxjam Playlists created by the top notch line up, to get you prepared for this explosive end to the festival season.

Also as part of our involvement with this event we’ll be handing out some VIP tickets for a few of our lucky premium subscribers to win- watch this space for competition details.

Tickets go on sale August 21st, listen out for your favourite artists bringing exclusive news about the event in our exclusive audio ads and don’t forget to check out the C2BK website for further event details