Governance

Jeronimo Folgueira
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director

Jeronimo Folgueira has been the CEO of Deezer since July, 2021.

Prior to joining Deezer, Jeronimo served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Board of Spark Networks (Nasdaq:LOV) in Berlin. During that time, he led the transformation of Spark Networks through three strategic M&A transactions, quadrupling the size of the company in four years. He also oversaw the company’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange in November 2017. 

Jeronimo has also held a number of senior management positions, including at Paddy Power Betfair, Bigpoint and RTL Group. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Navarra.

He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of Tio Tech, a Nasdaq listed SPAC.

Stéphane Rougeot
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Stéphane’s focus is to drive the execution of the company’s growth strategy, by developing partnerships in order to grow a profitable B2B business, and maximizing the company resources and their optimal allocation.

Stéphane has over 20 years of experience leading and transforming businesses and organisations, including tech and media companies, driving their international expansion and accelerating their business development.

His recent roles include serving as the CFO and member of the Board of Management of Signify, the world leader in lighting products and technologies, based in Amsterdam. He spent 7 years at Technicolor, a leader in digital entertainment technologies, first as CFO, based in Paris, and then as Deputy CEO in charge of the technology and licensing business, based in Los Angeles. Prior to that, Stéphane held several senior leadership positions at Orange Group.

Stéphane is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and the Paris Dauphine University.

Gitte Bendzulla
Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Gitte oversees operations and ensures the highest level of operational efficiency and excellence for Deezer. She works together with the CEO and CFO to implement the company’s growth plans.

Gitte is a lawyer by education but held business roles throughout her career which exposed her to industries as far-reaching as container terminal services and online dating. She brings almost 20 years of experience in COO and senior roles. At Spark Networks (NASDAQ:LOV), prior to her appointment at Deezer, she served as Managing Director and COO. Before that, Gitte held several senior positions on a European and global scale with companies such as Juniper Networks and APM Terminals in The Netherlands, Eaton Industries in Switzerland, and SITA Suez Group in Germany. She has 20 years of experience establishing best practices for operations, compliance, and commercial matters, and demonstrated leadership skills in bringing substantial upside to established and emerging businesses.

Émilie Duquenne
Chief People Officer

Émilie defines and sets a global people strategy to support the company’s growing needs. She oversees talent acquisition, talent development, employee engagement, HR Operations and Internal Communications.

She also looks after the wellbeing of approximately 600 employees worldwide. Prior to Deezer, Émilie worked at Tesla as the EMEA HR lead for Sales, looking after the HR business strategy. She got her start at Tesla as the Senior HR Manager in France and was quickly promoted to EMEA HR Lead. During her time at Tesla, she successfully oversaw the redesign of the marketing and sales structure of over 1000 people in 17 countries. This resulted in a dramatic increase in sales.

Émilie also held different HR roles at L’Oréal for 15 years, the last one being Talent Acquisition Director where she boosted recruitment in France and the UK” by creating a talent incubator model and featured employees as brand ambassadors. She also spearheaded a new performance appraisal programme for the company.

Émilie is a graduate from ESSEC School of Management.

Matthieu Gorvan
Chief Product & Technology Officer

Matthieu develops and implements new technologies and solutions to create the most personalised music experience for Deezer users around the world. He also manages all of Deezer’s development teams, including product design.

Matthieu is a Deezer veteran, having first joined Deezer as the Lead Mobile Engineer in 2009. He was promoted to Head of Mobile Department, and later as VP Engineering before being named Chief Product & Technology Officer in 2017.

Prior to Deezer, Matthieu was an engineer in the Mobile Video Game industry. He holds a degree in Computer Science from The Brest National School of Engineering.

Aurélien Hérault
Chief Innovation Officer

Aurélien leads the R&D team and makes sure Deezer is ahead of the curve with innovative products and features. Using research, analysis and data insights, Aurélien has been instrumental in developing and refining Deezer’s signature Flow algorithm. He is also responsible for looking after search and recommendations, as well as audiobooks.

Aurélien joined Deezer as the Lead Software Engineer when the company first officially launched in 2007 and has since held several positions within the company, including VP Product, VP Engineering, VP Research and Development and VP Technology and Innovation.

Aurélien previously taught coding languages and technical architecture at Gobelins School of Visual Communication in Paris and has a University Diploma in Multimedia & Networks, Computer and Information Sciences from Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas University.

Mark Ody
Interim Chief Marketing Officer

Mark defines and sets the Global Marketing and Communications strategy for Deezer. He oversees Performance Marketing, Design and Localisation, PR, Social Media, events and Advertising and the team of over 70 people who make it all happen.

He began his career at Diageo and worked on some of the worlds’ strongest alcohol brands including Malibu, Smirnoff, Bombay Sapphire, Johnnie Walker to name but a few. His last role in Diageo was as Marketing Director for Guinness in Ireland. In this role, he led a team that engaged an entire organisation behind a vision to “Grow Guinness” – and succeeded in this vision arresting over 20 years of decline.

More recently Mark worked on the Executive Committee as Global Brand Director for Betfair PLC – an executive team that quadrupled the company share price over a 3-year period. Immediately prior to joining Deezer, he was the Chief Customer and Marketing Officer for Mediahuis Ireland where he launched their on-line subscription service.

Mark graduated from The Oxford School of Business.

Guillaume d'Hauteville
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Guillaume d’Hauteville is Executive Vice President, Europe of Access Industries and serves notably as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Deezer and as Director of DAZN Group Limited. He is also the President of STT Properties. 

 Before joining Access Industries in 2011, Guillaume d’Hauteville worked in Investment Banking for more than 25 years. Guillaume d’Hauteville was Vice Chairman of Nomura International and served as Chairman and CEO of Banque Lehman Brothers France. He was also a Managing Director of Lehman Brothers Inc. in charge of French investment banking before becoming Vice Chairman of Lehman Brothers International. During his career in banking, Guillaume has advised on many transactions in corporate finance, M&A and capital issuances.  He has worked in New York, London and Paris.

 Guillaume d’Hauteville has also been the Treasurer and General Secretary of the Fondation Hôpital Foch, member of HEC Advisory Board and Board Member of AROP (Opéra de Paris).

Guillaume d’Hauteville graduated from HEC and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Iris Knobloch
Vice-Chairwoman of the Board of Directors

Iris Knobloch is President of the Cannes Film Festival. She is Vice Chairman and Lead Independent Director of the Board of Directors of AccorHotels, a member of the Board of Directors of Lazard Bank (Chair of the Nomination and Governance Committee) and Governor of the American Hospital in Paris.

She has spent 25 years in senior leadership positions at Warner Bros, Time Warner and Warner Media, most recently as President of WarnerMedia France, Germany, Benelux, Austria and Switzerland. In this role, Iris Knobloch was responsible for the development and execution of WarnerMedia’s strategy in the region. She was previously President of Warner Bros Entertainment France beginning in 2006. Since 1996, Knobloch has worked in several positions out of Warner Bros’ offices in Los Angeles, London and Paris. Prior to working with Warner Bros, Iris Knobloch was an attorney with Norr, Stiefenhofer & Lutz and O’Melveny & Myers in Munich, New York and Los Angeles.

Iris Knobloch is trilingual in English, German and French. She received a J.D. degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich, Germany in 1987 and an L.L.M. degree from New York University in 1992. She is licensed to practice law in Germany, New York and California. 

She was previously a member of the Board of Directors of LVMH, the Axel Springer Group and CME Central European Media Enterprises. In 2008, she was named Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

Alban Gréget
Independent Director

Alban Gréget joined Artémis in 2008 as Investment Director and was appointed Deputy CEO of Artémis in 2018. He has served as board member in several portfolio companies of the Group, such as Artémis Domaines and Château Latour (Premier Cru classé since 1855), Ponant (Cruise company), Stade Rennais (Football Club), Pinault Collection and Palazzo Grassi (Art Collection and Museum). Alban is also Managing Partner of Red River West, a Franco-American venture capital firm co-founded by Artémis.

Previously, he worked for 10 years in investment banking. From 1998 to 2000, Alban Gréget was analyst at Société Générale Corporate Finance in Paris and in London, working on medium to large size initial public offerings, issuance of convertible bonds and other corporate finance products for European clients. From 2001 to 2008, he held several positions at Merrill Lynch Investment Banking in Paris, working on international mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance assignments and initial public offerings for large corporate and financial sponsors in a wide array of industries.

Alban Gréget graduated from ESSEC Business School.

Matthieu Pigasse
Independent Director

Matthieu Pigasse has developed, as a mergers and acquisitions banker, a unique financial expertise over the last twenty years. He has worked on the largest M&A transactions worldwide and on the largest sovereign debt restructurings, including Argentina, Greece and Ukraine. During his career, Matthieu advised a large number of clients active in the digital space and the music industry.

Moreover, Matthieu Pigasse is also the Chairman (Président) of Combat Media, of which he owns 100% of the share capital. Through his personal investments, he developed a deep understanding of the media and music sectors. In 2009, he purchased the monthly magazine Les Inrockuptibles of which he is chairman of the Board of Directors. Along with Pierre Bergé and Xavier Niel, Matthieu Pigasse became co-owner of Le Monde Group (which controls the daily newspaper, its digital editions, and various magazines) in 2010 and of the French weekly magazine L’Obs in 2014. In 2012, he launched the French edition of the “Huffington Post” website. In 2015, he acquired Radio Nova. In 2017 he became shareholder of Rock en Seine alongside AEG Presents and invested in Rough Trade alongside Beggars Group.

Matthieu Pigasse is one of the founders and one of the main shareholders of the first two SPACs created in France with Mediawan and 2MX Organic.

Matthieu Pigasse started his career as the financial and industrial advisor to the French Minister of Economy and Finance, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, from 1997 to 1999, before joining, one year later, Laurent Fabius’ cabinet, then Minister of Economy and Finance, as Chief of Staff. As a former Chief of Staff of the French Minister of Economy and Finance, Matthieu Pigasse has an intimate knowledge of the public sector as well as the European regulations. He graduated from Ecole Nationale d’Administration.

Jeronimo Folgueira
Chief Executive Officer and Director

Jeronimo Folgueira has been CEO of Deezer since 1 July, 2021.

Prior to joining Deezer, Jeronimo served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Board of Spark Networks (NASDAQ:LOV) in Berlin. During that time, he led the transformation of Spark Networks through three strategic M&A transactions, quadrupling the size of the company in four years. He also oversaw the company’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange in November 2017. 

Jeronimo has also held a number of senior management positions, including at Betfair, Bigpoint and RTL Group. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Navarra.

He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of Tio Tech, a Nasdaq listed SPAC that aims to help European unicorns access US capital markets.

Amanda Cameron
Director

Amanda is an English singer, songwriter, record producer, music executive, film producer and former President of Epic Records (2009-2010). She has been serving as the CEO of AI Film since 2019. Amanda is also the co-founder of Unigram, a production company based in London.

Amanda is a six-time Grammy nominee, and three-time Ivor Novello winner. She has written and/or produced multi-platinum records for artists including Beyoncé, Shakira, John Legend and James Blunt.

Amanda is also a Member of the Board of Amuse, the digital music distribution service.

Dr. Hans-Holger Albrecht
Director

Hans-Holger served as the CEO and Member of the Board of Directors at Deezer between 2015 and 2021.

Prior to joining Deezer, Hans-Holger worked at Millicom where he was President and CEO of the international telecom and media group. Before joining Millicom, Hans-Holger was the President and CEO of Modern Times Group, one of Europe’s largest media groups with TV, radio, publishing, production and new media assets and 1,500 employees in over 20 countries. He has also worked for the RTL Group in Luxembourg.

He is currently serving as Chairman of the Board for Scout24 Group, Chairman of the Board for Storytel and Non-Executive Board Director for VEON.

Hans-Holger holds a Doctorate from the Ruhr-University of Bochum in Germany and a Master of Law from the University of Freiburg in Germany.

Mari Thjømøe
Independent Director

Mari serves at the Board in a number of large Scandinavian companies. She is Norwegian and amongst others serves at the Board of the Danish insurance giant Tryg, the leading Norwegian hydro power and electricity transmission company Hafslund Eco, and the Swedish based TF Bank.

Mari holds a MSc in Economy and Business Administration from Norwegian School of Management (BI) and American Graduate School of International business, is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH), and has taken the Senior Executive Program at London Business School and Making Corporate Boards More Effective at Harvard Business School.

Mari has extensive senior management and CFO experience from leading Norwegian companies. As an independent board member, she is engaged in developing sustainable businesses and good governance. She runs a consultancy and is a Non-Executive Director and Head of the Audit Committee in several companies.

Mari headed the Norwegian IR associations for ten years and has won the Women’s Board Award for Norway.

Valérie Accary
Independent Director

After graduating from ESSEC business school, Valérie entered the advertising industry because it uniquely joined business/brand strategic thinking and creativity. She became a leader in France and a global leader.

As the CEO of BBDO in France for 15 years, she transformed the French agency into an international agency based in Paris. Her three key obsessions have been to recruit and manage a talented multicultural team, to reach global standard creative excellence, and to achieve strong financial results. 

More recently the COVID-19 pandemic and her entrepreneurial spirit encouraged her to co-found, in 2021, the non-profit organisation ‘Les MétamorFoses – Sublimer les imperfections’ dedicated to upcycling.

Sophie Guieysse
Independent Director

Sophie is an engineer by education having graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and holds an MBA from the College of Engineers.

After a first part of her career dedicated to urban development and public infrastructure within the Ministry of Public Works and ministerial cabinets, Sophie has been Director of Human Resources in several large French and international companies such as LVMH, CANAL+ and Richemont.

Sophie has also extensive experience as a board member and other specialized committees. Over the past ten years, she has been a member of the boards of GO Sport, Rallye Group, TVN (Poland), Compagnie Financière Richemont (Switzerland) and Maisons du Monde. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of ABC Arbitrage.

She is also a member of the Remuneration Committees of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games and of the Rugby World Cup 2023.

The Audit Committee

The Audit Committee (Comité d’Audit) is composed of two independent members of Deezer’s Board of Directors, namely, Mari Thjømøe (Chair) and Matthieu Pigasse.

The Nomination and Remuneration Committee

The Nomination and Remuneration Committee (Comité des Nominations et des Rémunérations) is composed of three members of Deezer’s Board of Directors, namely, Sophie Guieysse (Chair, independent), Iris Knobloch (independent) and Guillaume d’Hauteville.

CSR & ESG policies

Local communities

In line with its strategic focus on local music, Deezer operates with a continuous attention to its impact on the communities it engages with on a daily basis, and promotes social impact through music projects.

Employees

As an employer, Deezer is committed to Diversity & Inclusion, as well as employee wellbeing. Deezer implements an ambitious human resources strategy which is based on three main pillars: talent development and retention, physical and psychological well-being of employees, and a proactive and voluntary policy regarding diversity and inclusion.

Environment

Deezer conducts a number of initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of its employees and business:



For more information, please find our Extra-Financial Performance Disclosure (Déclaration de performance extra-financière) for 2021 here.