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Music Industry News June 2016

Greg Thompson is leaving as an EVP at Universal's Capitol Music Group to run Maverick reporting to Guy Oseary and is expected to start his new position mid-June. Long-time contributor and Senior Editorial Analyst Glenn Peoples has exited the trade magazine Billboard for Pandora. John Esposito has been promoted to Chairman/CEO of Warner Music Nashville and will report to WMG CEO Steve Cooper. Emily Hungate has been promoted at Black River Entertainment to Vice President of Business Operations. Mark Claassen is returning as a music agent to William Morris Endeavor's Nashville office bringing along with him music artists Switchfoot, Lincoln Brewster, Thousand Foot Krutch, among others. Sony Red Nashville and ‘Stache Media, a music distribution and artist development firm, has made the move to the Music Row area.

Erika Alfredson has been promoted to VP of Marketing at Columbia Records, RCA Records has promoted Wendy Goodman to Sr. VP Promotion of Adult Music, Universal Music has appointed Paulo Lima as President of Universal Music Brazil. Lima replaces Jose Eboli after a 13-year tenure. National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has announced the appointment of Michael Blakeslee as their new Executive Director and Chief Executive, replacing Michael Butera. Spotify has announced the appointment of Francis Keeling as their VP of Global Head of Licensing and will be based in London. Jacquelyn Marushka has exited Shore Fire Media and launched the branding/public relations/media coaching company Marushka Media.

Paul Shaver has been named as the new head of Nielsen Music Canada and Timbaland has appointed Gary Marella as Executive VP of Mosley Music Group. Manny Simon has been promoted to SVP of Adult Formats at Republic Records. Republic has also promoted Gary Spangler to EVP of Promotion. Elias Chios has been appointed as Senior Director of Promotion for Razor & Tie and will be based at the New York City headquarters. Josh Roth has been appointed as Director of Programming at Superfly, co-creators of Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and Outside Lands. Universal Music Group has appointed Jonathan Dworkin as SVP of Digital Strategy and Business Development.

Universal Music UK has hired Brian Celler as Executive Vice President, Head of International and Republic Records has elevated Donna Gryn to Vice President of Marketing. Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) has promoted Jessica Frost to Executive Director of Industry Relations. Frost will be tasked with creating and building relationships with businesses that use BMI music across the country. She will be based in Nashville and report to Dan Spears, Vice President of Licensing, Industry Relations. Universal Music Nashville has hired Mike Harris as Chief Operating Officer. Harris previously served as Executive Vice President and General Manager for over 3 years for Caroline – a division of Capitol Records. Warner/Chappell has announced the immediate departure of Richard Manners after 17 years. Manners was the Managing Director of Warner/Chappell UK where he signed and worked with a large roster of artists and musicians, such as Radiohead and Muse.

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