Spotify Grabs YouTube's Shiva Rajaraman

Spotify Grabs YouTube's Shiva Rajaraman

Rajamaran, who shepherded YouTube's subscription music service, is the latest in a string of executives to leave the company since Susan Wojcicki became CEO in February

Shiva Rajaraman, a YouTube executive shepherding the video site's music subscription service, is leaving the company for Spotify, the popular music streaming service. Rajaraman oversaw consumer products for YouTube, and is the latest in a string of executives to leave the company since Susan Wojcicki took over as CEO in February.

Product chief Shishir Mehrotra left in June, while Chris LaRosa, who was also working on the music subscription service, left last month for an undisclosed job. YouTube executives said at the time that LaRosa's departure would not impact the launch of the service, which is scheduled for later this year.

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YouTube had previously planned to launch it last year, and integrate it with Google's existing music service.

“Shiva has done so much to help grow YouTube into what it is today,” a YouTube spokesperson told TheWrap. ”We wish him all the best, and know that the team he has put in place will continue to serve all our creators and viewers exceptionally well.”

Rajamaran began at YouTube in 2006, left for a brief stint at Twitter in 2010 and then came back. Re/Code first reported his departure from YouTube.