Gitte Bendzulla has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of French audio streaming service Deezer.
She will take office on April 19, 2022.
Reporting directly to Deezer CEO Jeronimo Folgueira, Bendzulla will oversee operations and ensure “the highest level of operational efficiency and excellence for Deezer,” the company explains.
She will work closely with Folgueira and the rest of the management team to implement the company’s growth plans, and will be based at Deezer’s headquarters in Paris.
Bendzulla brings nearly 20 years of experience in COO and executive roles.
She joins Deezer from Spark Networks SE, a US-based dating company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
At Spark Networks, she served as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, and prior to her appointment to Deezer in 2021, Folgueira also served as Managing Director and Director of the Company’s Board of Directors.
Prior to that, Bendzulla held several European and global management positions in companies such as Juniper Networks and APM Terminals in the Netherlands, Eaton Industries in Switzerland and SITA Suez Group in Germany.
Bendzulla is also admitted to the German bar.
Bendzulla’s hiring comes several months after Stéphane Rougeot was named chief financial officer and deputy general manager of Deezer.
“I am delighted to welcome Gitte to Deezer.”
Jeronimo Folgueira, said: “I am delighted to welcome Gitte to Deezer.
“I am fortunate to know Gitte well from having worked with her in my previous role, and I know that she will be extremely valuable in helping us unlock the full potential of Deezer in this new phase of growth.
“As a seasoned executive with a strong track record working for technology companies, I am confident that Gitte will be a tremendous asset as we continue to manage our growth, expand our operations and execute our strategic plan.”
“Deezer has paved the way for success in a highly competitive and complex industry over the past few years.”
Gitte Bendzulla, added: “I am thrilled to join Deezer, the company that lives and breathes passion, innovation and uniqueness in bringing music to millions of people every day.
“Built by its great people, amazing culture, distinctive music curation, pioneering technology and market approach, Deezer has paved the way for success in a highly competitive and complex industry over the past few years.
“I very much look forward to helping all teams structure and successfully implement the ambitious strategic roadmap ahead.”The music industry around the world