December’s Hirings, Firings, Promotions & Mergers

December 31st, 2013

 Peter Luukko has resigned from his position as President and COO of Comcast Spectator.  Also, Gary Rostick has been named the new CFO.

Anthony Bay is Rdio‘s new CEO.

Kris Ahrend has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Recorded Music Rights Administration at Warner Music Group.

Warner Bros. Records has named Ryan Barkan VP of Creative Synch Licensing and Lila Gerson Senior Director of Brand Partnerships.

Julia Willinger joins Mom+Pop in a senior A&R position. She will also launch Mom+Pop’s new publishing business. Willinger previously worked at XL and Columbia.

Sarah McGrady is now Senior Manager, Partnership Marketing at Big Machine Label Group.

TuneTribe has made Marcel Swagers Business Development Manager.

Beatport has shutdown its San Francisco office and laid off more than 20 people in its Denver headquarters.

BMG has named Fred Casimir Executive Vice President of International Repertoire. He will be responsible for recordings released through BMG Artist Services and BMG’s catalog recordings, which includes Mute Records and Sanctuary Records.

Rights management company ole has named Jim Selby as their first SVP of Digital.  Selby was formerly CEO of Naxos.

Dave Shack is now Managing Director of Phantom Music Management Limited; this is a newly created position. Phantom Music is Iron Maiden’s management company.

Jørn Haanæs recently became CEO of Soundrop; Haanæs was formerly chief revenue officer and an executive at Warner Music. He replaces co-founder Inge Sandvik, the previous CEO.

Seattle-based Lively, a freshly-financed startup that distributes live performances, made six new hires:Lee Marshall is the new COO; Pete Moran is VP of Global Sponsorships; Brad David is VP of Channel Development; Zach Varnell is VP of Audio Engineering and Production; Dan Horton is Senior VP of Product and Technical Operations; and Joshua Batchelder is now VP of Video Production.

Dan McCarroll has been named president of Warner Bros. Records, moving from his last position as president of Capitol Records.

Laura Bender is now the national director of promotion for ADA.

Ed Brennan has been promoted to alternative national/west coast regional director of promotion at Wind-Up Records.

Christophe Muller is YouTube‘s new director of global music partnerships.

James Fischler has been named VP of sales for the Americas for Beats Electronics.

William Morris Endeavor has hired Peter Klein, former Microsoft CFO, as its new CFO, which will also make him CFO of IMG Worldwide when WME finishes acquiring them.