The former chief of start-up accelerator Slingshot, Karen Lawson, has taken a seat in the big green chair as Managing Director of Spotify Australia & New Zealand.

Lawson replaces Jane Huxley, who left in February following her promotion to serve as Spotify’s Managing Director for EMEA (Europe / Middle East / Africa). Huxley’s new, expanded role sees her take on duties across 44 markets that make up Spotify’s EMEA footprint.

Jane Huxley from Spotify
Jane Huxley

Lawson will now report directly into Spotify’s Global Head of Markets, Cecilia Qvist.

Kicking off in the top role on June 24, Lawson will have a remit to grow the $24.9 million in revenue which Spotify ANZ made from ads on its free tier in calendar 2018.

Tweeting the news, Lawson said: “It’s wonderful to be part of a business which is so loved by millions of people around the world.”