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 Pandoras
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 Pandoras
Chief Product Officer, Chris Phillips, will take charge of product,
engineering and marketing.
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
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