×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Sonos Swaps Out CEO, Founder to Stay With Company

Connected home audio equipment maker Sonos announced a major leadership transition Tuesday, with founding Sonos CEO John MacFarlane stepping down from his post. MacFarlane is being replaced by Patrick Spence, who joined Sonos as chief commercial officer in 2012.

“As the founder and CEO of Sonos, I am always trying to find leaders who are capable of taking Sonos to the next level,”  MacFarlane wrote in a blog post announcing the move. “Part of that means assessing my own role. With Sonos now poised for a new phase of growth, I am excited to pass the role of Chief Executive Officer to a well-prepared Patrick Spence.”

MacFarlane announced that he will remain a Sonos employee, but the New York Times reported Tuesday that he is also ceding his board seat at the 15-year-old company.

Sonos has long been considered a leader in the internet-connected audio space, single-handedly introducing the product category over a decade ago. But more recently, Sonos has seen growing competition from smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo that offer voice control and the ability query cloud-based assistants.

As a result, Sonos was forced to lay off staffers last year, and changed course to work with some of its competitors: In August, the company announced a partnership with Amazon on voice control; late last year, Sonos began a beta test that allows consumers that own both Amazon’s Echo and Sonos speakers to control the latter via the former.

Popular on Variety

More Digital

  • Madhuri Dixit Nene

    Bollywood Icon Madhuri Dixit to Make Netflix Series Debut (EXCLUSIVE)

    Iconic Bollywood actress, Madhuri Dixit Nene is poised to make her Netflix acting debut with an as-yet-untitled series. Karan Johar is set as creative producer. The series will be a suspenseful family, written by New York-based writer-director Sri Rao, reflecting on the lives lead by people in the entertainment industry. Dixit featured in some of [...]

  • Richie Mehta in Macao

    Richie Mehta Advances Macao Project 'The Price of Tea'

    After winning six prizes on Friday with his “Delhi Crime” series, Canadian-Indian director Richie Mehta is again making film project “The Price of Tea,” which was previously pitched in Macau, as his top priority. Having attended the International Film Festival & Awards Macao’s project market with “Tea” in 2017, Mehta is back this year on [...]

  • Billy Magnussen Aladdin

    'Aladdin' Spinoff With Billy Magnussen's Character in the Works for Disney Plus

    Disney is developing a spinoff of its live-action “Aladdin” with Billy Magnussen reprising his Prince Anders character. The unnamed project is in early development for the studio’s recently launched Disney Plus streaming service. Disney has hired Jordan Dunn and Michael Kvamme to write a script centered on the haughty Prince Anders, one of Princess Jasmine’s [...]

  • Bernie Sanders Trump win

    Bernie Sanders Vows to Break Up Comcast, Verizon & AT&T: 'Their Greed Must End'

    Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders unveiled plans to launch publicly-funded broadband networks and break up big internet providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T Thursday. “Their greed must end,” the Sanders campaign wrote in its high-speed internet policy proposal. The campaign argued that high-speed internet access should be treated as a public utility, [...]

  • The Office

    Streaming Wars Heat Up Rerun Market as New Services Stock Up on Hits

    In a year in which more than 500 scripted series are on the air and new streaming services seem to debut nearly monthly, some of the biggest money being thrown around for content has gone to a handful of old TV shows, the kind that for years have hummed along evening television without much fuss. [...]

  • The Irishman

    'The Irishman' Nabs 17.1 Million U.S. Viewers on Netflix in First Five Days, per Nielsen

    Martin Scorsese’s mafia saga “The Irishman” was watched by 17.1 million unique Netflix viewers in the U.S. in the first five days of its streaming release, according to Nielsen estimates. By comparison, Sandra Bullock-starrer “Bird Box” scored nearly 26 million U.S. viewers in its first seven days of availability (Dec. 21-27, 2018) on Netflix, according [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content