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Music Industry News April 2016

As always, over the last several weeks in the A&R, Publishing, and Film/TV Music world, there are a few changes to report. Jumping right into it, of course the big news this week was the executive changes at Spotify. Founder Tim Westergren has taken the helm as CEO as Brian McAndrews, who had been CEO for a little over two-and-a-half years, has now left the company. There have also been several other executive changes happening during a major reorganization at the top. Mike Herring has been announced as President and Chief Financial Officer, where he will focus on “monetization of Pandora’s core business covering revenue, music licensing, finance, legal, and information technology." Sara Clemens, Spotify's Chief Operating Officer, will focus “on growing and scaling the business and operating new ventures including music makers, Ticketfly, international, human resources and corporate development" and Pandora’s Chief Product Officer, Chris Phillips, will take charge of product, engineering and marketing.

EVP/GM Tom Carrabba has exited RED Associated Labels (RAL), sources say, with Tony Bruno stepping in from RED Distribution. Bruno will report to RED chieftain Bob Morelli. Carrabba was named EVP/GM of RAL in 2013. We're hearing the company will restructure its promotion and marketing services with promotion guru Bob Weil overseeing the restructuring of promotion services.

Universal Music Austria's MD Hannes Eder is leaving after a 13 year tenure in the business. UMG Germany's Cornelius Ballin will take Eder's place as the new GM. Kobalt has appointed Jesse Willoughby as the new GM of Kobalt, Nashville and will report to Kobalt's President, Richard Sanders. Sony/ATV Music Publishing has appointed Jennifer Drake as Sr. Director, A&R and will be based in LA. Pat Monaco has left Universal Music Group after working for UMG for over 26 years including his most-recent stint as EVP of Commerce at Def Jam. Cooking Vinyl Group has announced plans to open a full-service label division in New York to be called Cooking Vinyl America. The new company will be run by Howie Gabriel as President.

Omnifone has announced the hiring of Doug Imrie as CEO to lead Omnifone's music cloud, MusicStation. Republic Records has hired Nick Pacelli as SVP of Strategic Marketing & Partnerships. Universal Music Publishing Group has appointed Alexandria Lioutikoff as EVP, Latin Music. SoundCloud has hired Alison Moore as its Chief Revenue Officer who leaves her former position as an executive at NBCUniversal Digital.

Deezer has promoted Aurélien Hérault as VP, Product from his current role as Head of R&D. Red Distribution has hired Trina Tombrink as VP, Promotion and Artist Development and will be based in New York. Spotify has hired Keith Jopling as Global Head, Strategic Intelligence and will be based in Spotify's London office. Former Sony/ATV exec Rak Sanghvi has been hired as MD for the UK and other non-US territories at the indie publisher Spirit B-Unique. Republic Records Chairman and CEO Monte Lipman has announced the promotion of Charlie Walk to President of The Republic Group effective immediately. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has hired Tim Cooper as head of content protection and will report to BPI General Counsel Kiaron Whitehead and group CEO Geoff Taylor.

Razor & Tie/Washington Square has named Jenna Rosen as Director of Publicity, Downtown Music Publishing has promoted Chinua Green to Manager, Digital and Video Operations, and Polydor marketing executive Liz Goodwin has joined indie music company Glassnote's UK office as Managing Director. Lucy Buckeridge has left EMI for Domino Records where she'll take over the role as Label Manager for Australia and New Zealand and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has named Jason Hanley as its new VP of Education and Visitor Engagement. Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Jennifer Knoepfle at their new SVP and Head of West Coast A&R and Amanda Berman-Hill has been promoted to a new role of SVP and Head of West Coast Writer Relations. Syco Entertainment has hired Tim van Rongen as their new SVP, and Peermusic has appointed Carter Armstrong as their SVP Film and Television Music.

John Strazza has joined RECORDS' promotional team after serving many years at Columbia's radio promotion department and Jive Records. The European Arenas Association has appointed Nancy Skipper as the new GM, and Punch Enterprises has appointed Mike Bolla as its new VP of the Gear Publishing Company. Shazam has announced the resignation of Brent Hoberman as a director of the board, Brady Brock was named GM of Missing Piece Group (Nashville), and Joe Sivick was promoted to VP, Publicity as Missing Piece Group expands its operations by opening a Nashville office. And finally, Decca Classics has appointed Alexander Buhr as MD. That's all for now, but as always, we are constantly updating our contact databases so that our customers always have the latest contact information you need to reach the industry!

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