Sonos Founder MacFarlane Steps Down As CEO

John MacFarlane, the founder and CEO of Santa Barbara-based music system maker Sonos, has stepped down as CEO, and has handed over the CEO position to Patrick Spence, MacFarlane announced on Tuesday. According to MacFarlane, he will remain an employee of Sonos, where he will "help and advise" the company, and also focus on STEM education. Spence has been President of Sonos since July of 2016, and had joined Sonos in 2012 as Chief Commercial Officer. Spence also had served at Research in Motion and IBM Canada. MacFarlane has been CEO of Sonos for the last fifteen years. Photo: Patrick Spence on Left, John MacFarlane on right, via Sonos.