His promotion follows Pieter van Rijn’s latest transfer to the function of President, Downtown Music.
Positioned at FUGA’s Amsterdam HQ, Kröner will oversee all international operations for the distributor – which counts Beggars Group, Higher Noise Music, Ninja Tune and YEAR0001 amongst its 800+ purchasers.
Kröner was a founding member of one of many first crowdfunding platforms for music, SellaBand, earlier than becoming a member of FUGA in 2012, the place he led the distributor’s companies division.
In 2020, Kröner was promoted to COO and has since overseen FUGA and Japanese music and media firm House Bathe Networks’ JV, House Bathe FUGA.
Alongside this, he led efforts to combine FUGA’s proprietary expertise with Downtown Music Holding’s different companies, notably Downtown Neighbouring Rights, which merged with FUGA’s personal Neighbouring Rights service in 2021.
FUGA says that Kröner has been instrumental in constructing and growing each its advertising and marketing companies and its licensing and royalty accounting departments.
Entering into the function of COO is Darren Owen, FUGA’s former International Head of Operations. Inside his duty, Darren oversaw all points of FUGA’s operational enterprise, together with new label onboardings, content material QC, DSP integrations and relationships, YouTube & UGC and entrance line shopper help.
With over 20 years of expertise throughout the digital music trade, Owen joined FUGA as Head of Shopper Providers in 2017, beginning with a staff of 13 that grew below his management to a headcount of 55 staff unfold throughout 4 continents. Owen will proceed to be chargeable for all components of FUGA’s operations, in addition to taking duty for the royalty division.
Kröner’s transfer follows the promotion of Pieter van Rijn to the newly-created function of President of Downtown Music, the place he’ll lead the whole enterprise companies division of the Downtown group of corporations together with FUGA, Adrev, Downtown Music Providers, in addition to Downtown’s Publishing Administration, Sync and Neighboring Rights organizations.
“Christiaan has been pivotal to FUGA’s progress and international growth within the final 12 years, each as Director of Aggregation & Providers and as COO.”
Pieter van Rijn, Downtown
Pieter van Rijn, President of Downtown Music, mentioned: “Christiaan has been pivotal to FUGA’s progress and international growth within the final 12 years, each as Director of Aggregation & Providers and as COO.
“From main the landmark House Bathe FUGA enterprise in Japan to establishing FUGA’s advertising and marketing companies division, Christiaan’s deep understanding and agency grasp of the digital panorama is unparalleled.
“I absolutely belief that he’ll lead FUGA and its employees with integrity and proceed to develop the corporate’s international service choices as FUGA steps into its subsequent stage of progress.”
“It’s an honor to be following in Pieter van Rijn’s footsteps as President of FUGA, an organization I’m privileged to have been part of for the final 10 years.”
Christiaan Kröner, FUGA
Christiaan Kröner, President of FUGA, added: “It’s an honor to be following in Pieter van Rijn’s footsteps as President of FUGA, an organization I’m privileged to have been part of for the final 10 years.
“Beneath Pieter’s management, FUGA’s proprietary expertise and repair choices have change into a real trade game-changer.
“I stay up for persevering with his arduous work alongside Darren Owen in his new function as COO – who’s influence throughout our international operations has contributed enormously to FUGA’s progress – in main FUGA and its folks into its subsequent expansive chapter ” Music Enterprise Worldwide