Spotify has appointed Kevin Brown to the newly-created role of head of label relations (Europe), based in London.
Brown will report into Steve Savoca, Spotify's head of content, based in New York, and will manage the UK, Central European and Nordic Label Relations teams.
The exec will be responsible for developing and maintaining senior relationships with key major and indie label partners across Europe, creating new artist-focused initiatives, and serving as an advocate, educator and ambassador for the unique Spotify platform.
Kevin brings experience in marketing, sales and business development working across a number of global entertainment brands, artists and record labels, including roles with EMI, 3D Artist Management, BMG, 4AD and Polygram.
Most recently he ran his own global marketing consultancy, 360 Music Marketing, and was responsible for developing and implementing the global sales and marketing strategy for the most recent Coldplay project for EMI.
As head of international at 3D Artist Management he worked with artists including Coldplay, My Chemical Romance and Scissor Sisters, and prior to this was Vice President of International at EMI Music UK for eight years.
Brown commented: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining Spotify at what is such an exciting time in both in the development of the service, and in the broader digital music space. I'm looking forward to joining the team and building upon all the great work that has already been done."
Steve Savoca, head of content, Spotify, added: "Kevin has a wealth of great experience in working at a senior executive level in both management and label capacities. He's helped build the careers of many superstar artists, and I have no doubt he will lead the European Label Relations team from strength to strength, both in delivering innovative campaigns, and building our key label relationships across Europe."
Brown has worked with artists including Lily Allen, Corinne Bailey Rae, Bat for Lashes, Coldplay, Dead Can Dance, Doves, The Drums, Gorillaz, Whitney Houston, Interpol, Kylie Minogue, My Chemical Romance, Beth Orton, Pixies, Puff Daddy, Radiohead, Emeli Sande, Scissor Sisters, Sigur Ros, TLC and Robbie Williams.