Artem Fishman, former Yahoo Vice President of Engineering has been hired as Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of the music streaming service SoundCloud. Eric Wahlforss (pictured in featured image), co-founder of SoundCloud, is now the Chief Product Officer, a newly-created role. This role has Wahlforss running point on strategy and initiatives on products to be launched later on in the year. Wahlforss, from SoundCloud’s headquarters in Berlin, will oversee engineering, design, data, and insights.
In his new role, Fishman is responsible for creating and giving shape to SoundCloud’s technical vision and strategy, as well as leading its global engineering organization. “Artem is a seasoned engineering executive who brings with him a wealth of experience and a positive, collaborative mindset,” said Wahlforss in a statement. Previous to his employment at Yahoo, Artem worked at HUGE, a digital agency, Thomson Reuters, and the New York Times.
“We’re delighted he will be joining SoundCloud as our new Chief Technology Officer, which is a key role as we continue to innovate and grow,” Wahlforss continued, “Fishman has a keen interest in deep technical skills and data-driven approaches, which, alongside his leadership skills and passion for our product, will be of real benefit to the engineering organization.”
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Alex Ljung explained the new hire further, stating “That will allow Eric to have a laser focus on leading and aligning the exciting product initiatives we have slated to launch this year.”
“SoundCloud is a truly unique platform in the music streaming space,” Ljung continued, “We have ambitious goals to further innovate the user experience for our connected community of creators, curators and listeners, and as we enter into this next stage of growth, Eric and I felt it was important to bring in a senior leader to oversee engineering.”
Originally published on Biznob and Rush Hour Daily on Jan 14, 2017.