Stuart Bergen
CEO and Director

Stuart Bergen has been the interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company since April 1, 2024.

Stuart Bergen is a music industry veteran, having held key leadership positions with multiple record labels in the past three decades, including Warner Music for over 14 years.

Most recently he oversaw Warner Music Group’s International Recorded Music operations outside the US and UK as CEO, International and Global Commercial Services. He also managed WEA, WMG’s Artist & Label Services division, which includes consumer brands such as EMP, HipHopDX, Songkick and UPROXX. Prior to this, he served as Warner Music Group’s President, International, Recorded Music, and before that, he was Executive Vice President, International & Head of Global Marketing.

Before joining WMG, Stuart held key positions at several major record labels, including serving as EVP of Rock Music for Columbia Records, EVP of Island Records, and VP of Promotion for Epic Records. Stuart began his music industry career in 1988 at TVT Records, after which he became Director Promotion at Relativity Records.

Stuart holds a BA degree from Princeton University.

Stéphane Rougeot
Deputy CEO & 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.

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.

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.

Maria Garrido
Chief Marketing Officer

Maria leads the Marketing team at Deezer and defines and sets the Global Marketing and Communications strategy to continue to shape the brand’s future and contribute to its accelerated expansion. Collaboration, trust, empathy and empowerment are the foundation of her management style.

With more than 25 years of experience in leading profitable global businesses, she specializes in transformational leadership, marketing & brand strategy, innovation, insights, cross-functional team leadership and digital & data analytics. Her resume includes operational and strategic roles in Consumer Goods, Media, Communications and Entertainment across North America, Latin America and Europe.

Before joining Deezer, Maria was Senior Vice President of Vivendi Brand Marketing and responsible for expanding the company’s global leadership in entertainment. During her work as Chief Insights Officer for Havas Group, she led the insights and innovation practice, focused on startup ecosystems, data science and marketing technology to deliver actionable insights & value added client services.

She is a Non-Executive Board member of Carmila and the International Women’s Forum France and sits on the international advisory board of ESCP Business School.

Maria is also a prolific speaker and sought-after thought leader with contributions to Bloomberg news, Cartagena Inspira, Mumbrella Australia, South Tech Summit, World Retail Congress, APAC Hall Healthcare, IBC, IAB Mexico, MediaPost, The Economist, Adweek, The Guardian, Forbes, etc. She has been president of the Entertainment Jury at Cannes Lions & Eurobest.

Passionate about enabling other women to succeed, she has been a jury member at various European Female Startup Competitions ​​and an Advisor to NGOs who support immigrant women and victims of domestic violence, helping them to assert their rights and thrive.

Maria holds a Masters in International Business from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelors in International Relations from Drake University.

Maria is based in Paris with her three sons.

Valérie Bernard
Chief Human Resources & Sustainability Officer

Valérie is responsible for Deezer’s global HR and sustainability strategy, focusing on building and maintaining a positive corporate culture, attracting and retaining global talent while caring for the well-being of over 600 employees worldwide. She manages teams across talent acquisition, employee engagement, HR operations, internal communications and sustainability.

Valérie develops and implements strategies for talent acquisition, employee development, compensation and benefits, performance management, and employment law compliance. She also drives long-term initiatives to promote environmental, social, and governance goals, including sustainable sourcing, carbon footprint reduction, diversity and inclusion promotion, and regulatory compliance.

With 15+ years of experience in the Entertainment Industry, focusing on HR and Talent Management, Valérie has held key roles at Canal+ Group, redefining the employer brand and talent management for digital and international expansions. At Banijay Group, she established the Global People Function across 16 territories and contributed to pre-merger activities with Endemol. She has also worked in the luxury industry at Richemont Group and launched her own HR consultancy boutique for Entertainment Companies.

Valérie is a graduate of Dauphine University.

Florence Lao
General Counsel & Board Secretary

Florence Lao, General Counsel and Board Secretary of Deezer, manages legal, compliance, governance, M&A, financing and insurance matters for the group. She collaborates closely with the CEO and the Chair of the Board, reporting directly to the CEO.

As General Counsel, she drives operational excellence within the legal function and department to ensure it can appropriately cater for the future growth of the group.

With over 15 years of experience as an international business lawyer, Florence started at Latham & Watkins before becoming Deputy General Counsel at Artemis, focusing on M&A and financing transactions. At SMCP, she served as Group General Counsel, overseeing legal matters and participating in the IPO completed in 2017 on Euronext Paris.

Before joining Deezer, Florence was Group General Counsel at Adisseo, responsible for legal, compliance, governance, M&A, financing, insurance, internal audit, and risk functions. She was also a member of Adisseo Sustainability Committee.

Florence holds a Master 1 in Corporate Law from Assas, a Master 2 in International Affairs from Paris-Dauphine, and an LL.M. in Corporate Law from LSE. She qualified at the Paris Bar.

Ivana Kirkbride
Chief Commercial Officer

Ivana oversees Deezer’s global partnerships organization spanning key regions across Europe, the Americas and new growth markets. She has a mandate to lead our growth strategy, elevate Deezer’s global presence, expand the company’s global partnerships business, and drive profitable growth across new geographies and verticals. Ivana is a member of Deezer’s C-level executive team based in Paris.

Ivana brings a unique blend of experience as an investor, entrepreneur, and operator with deep digital media expertise. Across her career, she has deployed over $2B in transactions through investment roles in early internet and digital media with Advent International and ABS Capital Partners, subsequent operating roles at top-tier companies including Google, Meta, and Verizon, and at disruptive startups like Vessel– an early player in mobile video and the creator economy. Known for launching innovative products and scaling new ecosystems at the convergence of media, technology, and entertainment– Ivana played key roles in landmark industry initiatives including YouTube Originals, Premium Mid-Form Video, and Meta’s first diverse creator programs. An award-winning executive producer, she has led successful content strategies for Meta’s Video, Music, and Gaming apps and Verizon’s OTT Entertainment product suite– where she secured 90+ major award nominations during her tenure as Chief Content Officer, including an Oscar win for the Best Animated Short Film Dear Basketball.
Ivana is a Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Institute and serves on the Board of Directors for Future PLC, a FTSE 250 Index company, where she chairs the Responsibility Committee. Her track record of building successful businesses and championing diversity, equity, and inclusion makes Ivana a powerful asset for Deezer and a trusted resource for our investors.

Iris Knobloch
Chair of the Board of Directors

Iris Knobloch is the President of the Cannes Film Festival, Vice Chairman and Lead Independent Director of the Board of Directors of AccorHotels, a member of the Board of Directors of Lazard Bank, and a member of the Board of Directors of Vail Resorts. She is Governor of the American Hospital in Paris.

She 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. She was previously President of Warner Bros Entertainment France beginning in 2006. Prior to that, Iris served as Senior Vice President of Time Warner, in charge of International Relations and Strategic Policy, Europe, and since 1996 has worked in several positions including General Counsel for WB Europe, 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 Boards of LVMH, the Axel Springer Group and CME Central European Media Enterprises. In 2008, she was named Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

Guillaume d'Hauteville
Vice-Chair 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 has previously 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.

Stuart Bergen
CEO and Director

Stuart Bergen has been the interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company since April 1, 2024.

Stuart Bergen is a music industry veteran, having held key leadership positions with multiple record labels in the past three decades, including Warner Music for over 14 years.

Most recently he oversaw Warner Music Group’s International Recorded Music operations outside the US and UK as CEO, International and Global Commercial Services. He also managed WEA, WMG’s Artist & Label Services division, which includes consumer brands such as EMP, HipHopDX, Songkick and UPROXX. Prior to this, he served as Warner Music Group’s President, International, Recorded Music, and before that, he was Executive Vice President, International & Head of Global Marketing.

Before joining WMG, Stuart held key positions at several major record labels, including serving as EVP of Rock Music for Columbia Records, EVP of Island Records, and VP of Promotion for Epic Records. Stuart began his music industry career in 1988 at TVT Records, after which he became Director Promotion at Relativity Records.

Stuart holds a BA degree from Princeton University.

Combat Holding represented by Matthieu Pigasse

Matthieu Pigasse, who is currently a Partner at Centerview, in charge of France and Continental Europe, previously served as Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Sovereign Advisory of Lazard Group and CEO of Lazard France, has developed a strong financial expertise and worked on the largest recent M&A transactions worldwide and on the largest sovereign debt restructurings including Argentina, Iraq, Greece and Ukraine. During his career, Matthieu advised a large number of clients active in the digital space.

Moreover, Matthieu Pigasse is also the Chair (Président) of Combat Media, of which he owns 99.89% of the share capital. Through his personal investments, he developed a deep understanding of the media sector. In 2009, he purchased the weekly magazine Les Inrockuptibles of which he is chair 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. He is also a controlling shareholder of music festivals, like Rock en Seine, and of the independent record store Rough Trade.

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.

Dr. Hans-Holger Albrecht

Hans-Holger served as the CEO and Member of the Board of Directors of 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 RTL Group in Luxembourg and served as Non-Executive Board Director for VEON.

He is currently serving as Chairman of the Board for Scout24 Group and Chairman of the Board for Storytel.

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 renewable energy producer Hafslund, and the Pan-Nordic Engineering firm Norconsult ASA.

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.

After 5 years as MD of CLM BBDO in France, she moved to London and became MD of BBDO EMEA in charge of multinational clients and new business. She led many clients targeting youth, in particular PepsiCo brands at the global level.

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 artistic 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 currently member of the Board of Directors of ABC Arbitrage and Deezer.

She is also a member of the Remuneration Committees of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Mark Simonian
Independent director

Mark Simonian currently serves asan Advisory Director to Sentilink, a Senior Executive Advisor to GI Partners Acquisitions and a partner in Clara Vista Investment Partners.

Mark Simonian spent 35 years as an investment banker focused on the telecom, media and technology sectors, retiring as Chairman of Global TMT Investment Banking at Credit Suisse in August 2021. From 2010 to 2018, Mark served as Global Co-Head of the TMT Group at Credit Suisse where he had management responsibility for approximately 150 professionals worldwide generating on average over $1 billion in revenue for the firm annually. Mark’s client work extended across the TMT space and geographies and included transactions in the media, entertainment, wireless, data center and technology sectors amongst others.

From 1997 to 2010, Mark worked at Citigroup via Salomon Brothers, where he served as Vice Chairman and co-head of Global TMT. From 1994 to 1997, Mark was one of four principals in ECE Management Group that partnered with Goldman Sachs Capital Partners to acquireDiamond Cable Communications PLC, at the time the UK’s fifth largest cable television company. Prior to that, he served as Director in the Communications Group at First Boston.

Mark holds an M.B.A from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Stanford University.

Ingrid Bojner
Independent director

Ingrid Bojner currently acts as an angel investor, professional board member and business advisor.

Between 2018 and 2023, she was part of the global management team of Storytel, an audiobook and e-book streaming services traded on the Swedish stock exchange, first as Chief Commercial Officer and during 2022, as acting CEO turning the company back to positive cash flow and earnings.

From 2013 to 2015, she served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Head of Communication, Brand & Strategy at the Stockholm School of Economics, responsible for strategy and transformation process. From 2010 to 2013, she was Vice President and Head of Sales at Swedish telecom operator Telia Company, in charge of the Nordic and Baltic region. From 1998 to 2010, she served as Associate Principal at global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, advising clients across diversified industries such as media & entertainment, financial services, retail and real estate.

She holds a MSc in Management & Financial Accounting from the Stockholm School of Economics.

The Audit Committee

The Audit Committee (Comité d’Audit) is composed of three independent members of Deezer’s Board of Directors, namely, Mari Thjømøe (Chair), Mark Simonian and Ingrid Bojner.

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), Valérie Accary and Guillaume d’Hauteville (Sophie Guieysse and Valérie Accary being independent).

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.


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.


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

For more information, please find here our 2023 Extra-Financial Performance Disclosure (Déclaration de performance extra-financière – Chapter 3 of Deezer 2023 Universal Registration Document).