Ritch Sibthorpe named MD for Northern Europe and Australasia at hi-res music streaming service Qobuz

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High definition music streaming platform Qobuz has opened a new office in the UK and has appointed London-based Managing Director Ritch Sibthorpe to oversee the Northern Europe and Australasia region.

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Sibthorpe’s appointment comes nine months after the company raised $ 11 million to fund its global expansion.

Qobuz also recently teamed up with French digital music distributor TuneCore to make music from its list of artists available via the high definition streaming and download service.

Sibthorpe’s career spanned 20 years. She started out in music journalism and brand PR before joining Warner Music Group as Vice President, Digital Marketing and Content Partnerships.

There he supported Atlantic Records, Nonesuch, Rhino, Warner Music UK and Warner Records.

Sibthorpe then became Managing Director of Disney Music Group EMEA and led the company’s regional music, music publishing and live music businesses, including Disney Music Publishing, Hollywood Records and Walt Disney Records.

Most recently, he led global marketing and PR for the Chelsea Football Club’s Digital Ventures unit.

Elsewhere, Fabian Sautier joined the company as Chief Brand Officer and Pierre Largeas as Managing Director for Southern Europe, both based in the company’s Paris headquarters.

Fabian Sautier will lead Qobuz’s global brand, digital, media, PR and creative marketing campaigns while Largea will manage commercial and operational activities to support sales growth in France, Italy, Spain and related markets.

Largeas previously held positions at Airbus, Henkel, Jumia Group and iziwork.

Sautier brings 12 years of international experience in strategic marketing, product development and innovation in various consumer goods industries.

Before working as Marketing Director for Under Armor in France and Southern Europe, Sautier worked for L’Oreal as Director of Global Marketing for seven years.

“I am very happy to be part of the Qobuz family.”

Ritch Sibthorpe

Ritch Sibthorpe said, “I am very excited to join the Qobuz family. It’s the ultimate choice for music lovers looking for an alternative to the mainstream.

“The team’s passion and unadulterated focus on the art of music mean that Qobuz offers a digital experience that is the closest to staying at your local record store.

“Connecting with music fans, artists, communities and cultures on a local level is at the heart of our philosophy and I look forward to developing and supporting the Qobuz community in the region.”

“We are pleased to have three new extraordinary employees in our fast-growing team.”

Georges Fornay, Qobuz

Georges Fornay, Deputy CEO of Qobuz, added: “We are excited to have three new exceptional people in our fast growing team.

“You will help expand Qobuz’s presence worldwide and lead our world-class streaming and download platform for music lovers and audiophiles.

“I’m looking forward to the energy and know-how that every new employee will bring with them if we continue to support new talent and local artists and advocate high-quality sound and music culture.”Music business worldwide

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