Soundcloud Names New CEO

[UPDATED] Soundcloud has named its President, Michael Weissman, as its new CEO . He will succeed Kerry Trainor effective January 1, 2021.

Trainor will remain a member of the Board of Directors. Soundcloud recently reported its first-ever profitable quarter.

“I’m honored to lead SoundCloud’s next chapter,” said Weissman. “The company is in one of its most exciting moments in its history, and I’m thrilled to work alongside SoundCloud’s team and Board to lean into our unique position and opportunity in music. Kerry and I have worked together for nearly a decade, and I want to thank him for his vision and leadership to reposition SoundCloud for growth and, personally, for his partnership, friendship, and support for me to take the helm.” 

Weissman joined SoundCloud in 2017 as Chief Operating Officer and was promoted to President in 2019. He has been instrumental in some of the company’s key strategic initiatives including music licensing efforts, its U.S. ad sales partnership with Pandora, and the acquisition and integration of artist services company, Repost Network. 

Added Trainor: “When I first organized the group to invest in SoundCloud in 2017, the mission was to ensure the future of one of the world’s iconic cultural platforms–for creators, listeners, the team and investors alike. There is only one SoundCloud in this world, which we owe to the vision of our Founders, Alex and Eric. Leading this platform and incredible global team through these transformational years has been an immense privilege. It is a great joy to name–and confirm with the SoundCloud Board–my partner and friend, Mike Weissman, as my successor. I look forward to continuing to work with Mike and the team as a member of the Board.”

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