Spotify CFO Paul Vogel Steps Down Following Company’s Recent Mass Layoffs


Spotify CFO Paul Vogel to step down after mass layoffs at the company

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In a significant development for the music streaming giant Spotify, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Paul Vogel is set to step down in March 2024, following the company’s recent announcement of a workforce reduction.

Earlier this year, Spotify made headlines by revealing a substantial downsizing effort, affecting 17 percent of its employees, or 1,500 individuals. Many affected employees took to LinkedIn to share their stories, expressing the impact of the layoffs on their professional lives. Now, the company has confirmed that its CFO, Paul Vogel, will also be parting ways with the organization in March 2024.

Spotify justified Vogel’s departure in a press release, stating that the company is entering a new phase that demands a CFO with a “different mix of experiences.” Until a suitable replacement is found, Ben Kung, Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis, will assume additional responsibilities.

In response to questions about Vogel’s departure, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek explained, “Over the last two years, Spotify has been focusing on bringing its spending more in line with market expectations while also funding the significant growth opportunities they continue to identify.” Ek emphasized the need to carefully balance spending objectives and acknowledged that a different set of experiences is required for the new phase the company is entering.

Reflecting on Vogel’s contributions, Ek expressed appreciation for Vogel’s steady hand in guiding Spotify through the challenges posed by the global pandemic and unprecedented economic uncertainty.

The recent layoffs were announced by Ek in a blog post earlier this week, where he cited a challenging global economic climate and the rising costs associated with business growth. Ek emphasized the necessity of aligning Spotify with future goals and ensuring the right size for upcoming challenges, leading to the difficult decision to reduce the total headcount by approximately 17 percent.

In response to the layoffs, Spotify committed to supporting affected employees by providing financial assistance based on their tenure. The company also pledged to compensate laid-off workers for unused holidays, offer continued healthcare coverage, assist with immigration issues related to employment, and provide access to job placement services.

This news follows Spotify’s previous restructuring efforts in June, which involved laying off 200 employees from its podcast unit, constituting about 2 percent of its workforce. The move aimed to streamline operations, refocus on the core music streaming business, and reallocate resources to explore new opportunities in the podcasting space.

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