Jonathan Prince, a veteran Washington communicator and Clinton and Obama administration hand, is joining music streaming service Spotify as global head of communications and public policy.
Sweden and London-based Spotify competes with Pandora, Beats and others in the streaming music space with a "freemium" model of service for free and paid users. The company, which is planning an IPO, launched in the US in 2011 and surpassed 10M paid users this year, but has been a target of criticism by recording artists of various stripes who say Spotify doesn't adequately compensate them.
Prince was recently a partner at Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates and led the New York mayoral campaign of Bill Thompson last year.
Earlier, he did agency stints at Brunswick Group and the political consulting firm Isay, Klores, Prince. On the public sector side, he was deputy assistant secretary of state for strategic communications and public diplomacy for Middle East Peace and handled communications and messaging for the Clinton White house.
Jason Roth left Spotify in February after eight months as director of communications stationed in San Francisco.
BuzzFeed first reported Prince's move to Spotify.