Konstan takes over the role after former Spotify general counsel Horacio Gutierrez last fall was promoted to head of global affairs and chief legal officer. Gutierrez announced her appointment in a post Monday on LinkedIn, saying, “Her extensive experience in the media industry and her proven leadership skills will be a great asset to the company!”
Konstan will start at Spotify on Monday, May 18, reporting to Gutierrez. She will be based in the company’s New York office once work-from-home policies are lifted.
In her role as Spotify general counsel, Konstan will provide support across the full range of legal issues, including content licensing, business development, M&A, intellectual property, litigation and risk management.
Most recently, Konstan served as EVP and general counsel for WarnerMedia Entertainment, a post she held from March-October 2019. Prior to that, she had held the same position with HBO. Over her two decades at HBO, Konstan served in a variety of roles in the legal department of the premium programmer.
Prior to joining HBO in 1999, Konstan was an associate with New York-based international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. She holds a law degree from Columbia University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Among Spotify’s current legal issues, last month the music and audio streamer was sued by Toronto-based VoxTonePRO, which accused Spotify of stealing trade secrets to develop its user-generated ad platform. Spotify has not commented on the allegations.