November’s Notable Hirings, Firings & Promotions

November 29th, 2011

Kei Ishizaka is the new Chairman & CEO of Warner Music Japan.

Senior Vice President of Marketing & Product Development Mitch Rotter left Universal Music Group.

Former MySpace Music head Courtney Holt is now COO of YouTube content Maker Studios.

AOL SVP of Business Development and Chief of Strategy Jared Grusd is moving to Spotify.

Ivan Gavin is now COO at Universal Republic & Island Def Jam

Some changes at Universal Music Publishing Group: Monti Olson moves to EVP and head of Pop & Rock Music and Creative.  David Kokakis is now SVP, Head of Business & Legal Affairs and Business Development.  Leaving the company are Tom Sturges (EVP/head of Creative) and Robert Allen (SVP, head of Business & Legal Affairs).

Warner/Chappell CFO Brian Roberts is promoted to EVP/CFO at the broader WMG, replacing Steve Macri.

Big moves at Billboard: Howard Appelbaum, president of Brand Development, leaves the company to return to Nielsen as president of Entertainment Group. Billboard owner Prometheus Media Group lost Debi Chirichella, COO, two weeks ago to become CFO of Hearst. Before that, another Billboard alum, Josh Engroff, departed in September to join mobile ad exchange startup Everyscreen Media.