Our story

Our story

In 2007, Daniel Marhely started working on a project to make it easier for his friends to enjoy music.

Working initially from his kitchen in Paris, Daniel soon recognized the potential of his idea and gathered a small team of like-minded individuals. It didn't take long for investors and music labels to catch on that his vision would change the future of the music industry.


Today Deezer is available in more than 180 countries.


With 90+ million songs, plus podcasts, audiobooks and radio channels, we offer one of the largest audio catalogs out there.


We have over 60 distribution partners around the world across all industries.


Our service is integrated into the hardware of more than 80 consumer tech brands.

What's our secret?

We combine top curated content from Deezer's editors with the best music algorithms to help fans discover the songs, artists and albums they love.

All of Deezer's users have access to music, unique features and personalized recommendations on mobile and web. Deezer's paying subscribers can enjoy unlimited, ad-free music, podcasts and more on all devices.

From a small Parisian kitchen, to a global streaming service, the adventure continues...

  • 2021 Launched Deezer for Creators app

    Launched Flow with moods

    New HQ in Paris opened its doors
  • 2020 Launched Deezer's Podcasts tab
  • 2019 New brand and logo update

    Launched 360 by Deezer app in partnership with Sony
  • 2018 €160 million raised in funding from Kingdom Holding Company and Rotana, Access Industries, Orange and LBO France

    Valued at €1 billion, acquires French Unicorn status

Key people

Jeronimo Folgueira

Jeronimo Folgueira

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Jeronimo Folgueira was appointed CEO of Deezer from 1 July, 2021.

Prior to joining Deezer, Jeronimo served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Board of Spark Networks (NYSE: LOV) in Berlin. During that time he led the transformation of Spark Networks through three strategic M&A transactions, quadrupling the size of the company in four years. He also oversaw the company’s listing on the New York Stock Exchange in November 2017. This made him the youngest European CEO on the NYSE at the time....

Jeronimo has also held a number of senior management positions, including at Betfair, Bigpoint and RTL Group. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Navarra.

He is a Member of the Board of Directors of Tio Tech, a Nasdaq listed SPAC that aims to help European unicorns access US capital markets.

Laurent Cordonnier

Stéphane Rougeot

Deputy CEO and Chief Financial Officer

Stéphane’s focus is to drive the maximization of the company resources and their optimal allocation in order to execute the company’s growth strategy and create shareholder value. He is also responsible for making sure that Deezer’s operations and processes are efficient and agile, with a particular focus on its financial function....

Stéphane has over 20 years of experience leading and transforming businesses and organizations, 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

Gitte Bendzulla

Chief Operation Officer

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 studied law and has taken on business roles throughout her career, exposing her to industries as far-reaching as container terminal services and online dating. She has almost 20 years of experience in COO and senior roles. At Spark Networks, she served as Managing Director and COO prior to her appointment at Deezer in 2021. 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 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.

Émilie Duquenne

Émilie Duquenne

Chief People Officer

Émilie defines and sets a global people strategy to support the company’s growing needs. She oversees talent acquisition, talent development, employee engagement, HR Operations and Internal Communications....

She also looks after the wellbeing of over 600 employees worldwide. Prior to Deezer, Émilie worked at Tesla as the EMEA HR lead for Sales, looking after the HR business strategy. She got her start at Tesla as the Senior HR Manager in France and was quickly promoted to EMEA HR Lead. During her time at Tesla, she successfully oversaw the redesign of the marketing and sales structure of over 1000 people in 17 countries. This resulted in a dramatic increase in sales.

Émilie also worked as a Talent Acquisition Director at L’Oréal for 15 years, where she boosted recruitment in France and the UK by creating a talent incubator model and featured employees as brand ambassadors. She also spearheaded a new performance appraisal program for the company.

Émilie is a graduate from ESSEC School of Management.

Matthieu Gorvan

Matthieu Gorvan

Chief Product & Technology Officer

Matthieu develops and implements new technologies and solutions to create the most personalized 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

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, as well as audiobooks....

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.

Alexander Holland

Alexander Holland

Chief Content and Strategy Officer

Alexander manages all content that is available on Deezer. He works directly with labels, artists, rights holders and music industry leaders to ensure that users around the world have the best audio entertainment at their disposal....

Before joining Deezer in 2015, Alexander was the Chief Operating Officer at Antenna Group, the largest media group in Greece, where he oversaw 150m Euro P&L and 1500 employees. During his time at Antenna Group, he also served as Acting Managing Director of Antenna TV, as well as CEO & President of Daphne publishing.

Prior to Antenna Group, Alexander was the Chief of Staff at Viasat Broadcasting. He also has experience as the Head of Content, Acquisition, Brand and Promotion at Viasat Broadcasting Ltd, where he was responsible for content, branding and on-air promotion across all channels within the Viasat Group. He was also a member of the Management Board of Modern Times Group, and the Managing Director of CineNova Movie Channel, as well as CEO of Pay TV Channels at Modern Times Group.

Alexander earned his Master’s Degree in Economics from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Mark Ody

Mark Ody

Interim Chief Marketing Officer

Mark defines and sets the Global Marketing and Communications strategy for Deezer. He oversees Performance Marketing, Design and Localisation, PR, Social Media, Events and Advertising, and the team of over 70 people who make it all happen....

He began his career at Diageo and worked on some of the worlds' most well-known alcohol brands including Malibu, Smirnoff, Bombay Sapphire and Johnnie Walker. His last role at Diageo was as Marketing Director for Guinness in Ireland. In this role, he led a team that engaged an entire organisation behind a vision to "Grow Guinness" - and succeeded in this goal.

After that, Mark worked on the Executive Committee as Global Brand Director for Betfair PLC - an executive team that quadrupled the company's share price over a 3 year period. Prior to joining Deezer, he was the Chief Customer and Marketing Officer for Mediahuis Ireland where he launched their online subscription service.

Mark graduated from the Oxford School of Business.

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