Patrick Spence, a Canadian who worked previously with BlackBerry and IBM Canada, will take over as CEO for Sonos, founder John MacFarlane confirmed in a blog post.
Spence, who is approaching five years with Sonos, was integral in Sonos' success during the holiday period, says MacFarlane. "But most important," he adds, "there isn't a person who better embodies Sonos' values and culture."
MacFarlane says the decision was made to step down as CEO after assessing his role, and looking for someone who could help take Sonos "to the next level" as the company is poised for its new phase of growth.
"I am excited," he says, "to pass the role of Chief Executive Officer to a well-prepared Patrick Spence."
MacFarlane points to the growth in streaming music, new and emerging functions like voice control, and the increased need for better home Wi-Fi as areas that Sonos can look to (and already has) for growth. "Today," he comments, "a Sonos owner can play almost everything ever made, and tomorrow we will certainly be able to do that with all manner of preferences, niches, themes, and mixes. Music is a wonderfully unique and developing thing, making our mission the most motivational in the world. It has never been a better time for connecting music lovers in their homes to music creators."
In his new position, Spence will work toward accelerating and leading Sonos within the music and home entertainment space. He started with Sonos as chief commercial officer back in 2012, and became president last July, a post he has held for the past seven months until assuming this new CEO role.
MacFarlane, meanwhile, will remain on board as an employee, with the mission to "help and advise." His focus will be on potentially expanding Sonos' commitment to STEM education, and to help create a "start-up friendly ecosystem."
"It has been a pleasure and honour working toward a mission of filling every home with music," he concludes. "The 15-year journey has been filled with fantastic adventures, hard learnings, and everything in between. I look forward to our next chapter."
Patrick Spence (left), previously president of Sonos, has now assumed the CEO role, while founder John MacFarlane plans to remain an employee and advisor for the company.