Pandora brings back co-founder Tim Westergren as CEO

Pandora brings back co-founder Tim Westergren as CEO
Co-founder of Pandora Radio Tim Westergren attends 2016 Billboard Power 100 Celebration. (Jason Merritt / Getty Images for Billboard)

Internet radio pioneer Pandora Media Inc. is bringing back its co-founder Tim Westergren to run the company as it faces increasing competition from streaming music services such as Apple Music and Spotify.

Westergren will replace Brian McAndrews as chief executive of the Oakland-based company. McAndrews was named CEO in 2013.

Pandora's shares fell $1.03, or 9%, to $9.90 in midday trading on Wall Street after Pandora announced the change in its leadership.

Westergren first served as CEO from 2002-04, and has remained involved with the company since. Pandora is in the midst of a turnaround plan, having made recent acquisitions including the assets of failed streaming rival Rdio and online ticket seller Ticketfly.

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