London, UK, June 20, 2021 – Music platform Qobuz has appointed a London-based managing director, Ritch Sibthorpe, for the Northern Europe and Australasia region.
Sibthorpe’s role will support Qobuz’s international growth ambitions as it consolidates its position as the ultimate choice for discerning music fans seeking specialist curation and in-depth editorial, combined with the world’s largest catalogue of hi-res music available to stream and download. The move means Qobuz has a presence in London for the first time, from which it will oversee markets including the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Australia and New Zealand.
Sibthorpe draws on twenty-years’ experience including a decade in the music industry driving digital innovation, international marketing and business development. His career started in music journalism and brand PR before joining Warner Music Group as vice president, digital marketing and content partnerships, supporting Atlantic Records, Nonesuch, Rhino, Warner Music UK and Warner Records. Sibthorpe subsequently became managing director, Disney Music Group EMEA, leading the company’s regional recorded 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 Chelsea Football Club’s digital ventures unit.
Ritch Sibthorpe says: “I’m very excited about joining the Qobuz family. It’s the ultimate choice for music aficionados seeking an alternative to the mainstream. The passion of the team and its undiluted focus on the art of music means Qobuz delivers the closest possible digital experience to spending time in your local neighborhood record store. Connecting with music fans, artists, communities and cultures at a local level is at the heart of our philosophy and I look forward to helping develop, and support, the Qobuz community in the region.”
Sibthorpe joins an ever-growing global Qobuz team, with two new appointees in the following roles: Fabian Sautier as Chief Brand Officer and Pierre Largeas as Managing Director of Southern Europe, both based in Paris HQ.
Fabian Sautier is appointed as Chief Brand Officer of Qobuz. He will spearhead global marketing campaigns: Brand, Digital, Media, PR and Creative. Sautier brings 12 years of international experience in strategic marketing, product development and innovation across multiple consumer industries. Prior to Head of Marketing for Under Armour in France and Southern Europe, Sautier worked for L’Oreal for seven years piloting marketing strategy and innovation as director of global marketing.
Additionally, Pierre Largeas joins as Managing Director of Southern Europe. Largeas will manage commercial and operational activities to support revenue growth in France, Italy, Spain and affiliated markets. With many years of experience within the international E-Commerce sector, Largeas has previously held positions at Airbus, Henkel, Jumia Group and iziwork.
In making the announcement, Georges Fornay, CEO Deputy for Qobuz, says: “We are excited to have three new exceptional hires join our rapidly growing team. They will help expand Qobuz’s presence more globally and lead our world-class streaming and download platform for music lovers and audiophiles. I look forward to the energy and expertise each new hire will bring as we continue to support new talent, local artists, and stand up for high-quality sound and music culture.”
Founded in 2007, a pioneer of high-quality sound, Qobuz is the French music streaming and download service that meets the needs of demanding music lovers and audiophiles. Available in 18 countries around the world, in Europe, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, Qobuz offers an exceptional range of exclusive editorial content written by a team of experts. With its catalog of more than 70 million tracks, Qobuz also has the richest choice of high-resolution (Hi-Res) references on the market. Qobuz is the only multi-genre platform to achieve Hi-Res certification - a label awarded by the Japan Audio Society (JAS). For more information: qobuz.com