February’s Hirings, Firings, Promotions & Mergers

February 28th, 2014

Tribune Company, owner of WGN America, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Baltimore Sun, has expanded into streaming music services and mobile devices through its recent $170M acquisition of Gracenote from Sony.

BMG Chrysalis has hired Mark Robinson as their new SVP and General Counsel.

Warner/Chappell Music UK has made Jo Smith Director of Legal and Business Affairs, starting in April.

Steven Markland is now VP of A&R at Downtown Music Publishing and will be opening the company’s Nashville office.

Richard Nash has been named SVP of Urban Promotion at RED Distribution and RED Associated Labels.

Saheli Datta is now Head of Global Compliance at Universal Music Group.

A couple moves at ADA: Brandon Square has been promoted to SVP of Digital Strategy and Revenue at ADA Worldwide; and Tatia Adams Fox is now SVP of Marketing.

Rose Slanic has been promoted from Vice President to North American General Manager at Eleven Seven Music Group.

The Music Business Association has added Fred Beteille to their Board of Directors. Beteille is Product Manager at YouTube.

Warner Music Nashville has made some changes: Kevin Herring has been promoted to SVP of Promotion with Kristen Williams moving into his former position of Vice President of Promotion.

Capitol Music Group hired Geoff Harris as CFO.

Crush Music brought on Lyssa Thompson as head of PR.

Music video streaming service ZUUS has named Greg Reiss as VP of National Sales.

Associate Editors Mike Ayers and Blaine McEvoy and Director of Industry Relations Mike Spinella have left Rolling Stone.

Rachael Spangler left her position as VP of Rhythm Promotion at Epic Records.

Heavy metal label Spinefarm Records named Maria Ouellette as its new Senior Director of International and Darren Dalessio as Director of A & R.

Spotify has added Barry McCarthy to its Board of Directors. Previously, he was Netflix’s CFO and worked at Music Choice and Pandora.

AirPlay Direct promoted Lynda Weingartz to CEO.

BMG Chrysalis name Michael Kachko its new Senior Director of Catalog Marketing.

Mötley Crüe’s 10th Street Entertainment has appointed the band’s manager Chris Nilsson as President.

Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion!

Eleni Psaltis has been named West Coast Regional Promotions Manager at Beggars Group.

BMG announced they are moving their Writer Services operation to Los Angeles, with Thomas Scherer to oversee the department as Executive Vice President of Writer Services.

Paul Graham is no longer President at Y Combinator. He will be replaced by Sam Altman.

Event: The Raise – Fundraising Tips from Investors & Entrepreneurs

February 25th, 2014

The Raise: Fundraising Tips from Investors and Entrepreneurs

Women In Music and The 85-Percent are proud to present an in-depth discussion about navigating the world of investment. Whether you own your own business, are thinking about launching a startup, or want to learn strategies for raising capital as an entrepreneur, this is the panel for you.


Learn directly from our expert panel of investors and successful entrepreneurs, including topics such as:

  • Timing your raise
  • Designing an outreach plan to potential investors
  • Qualities investors look for in startups
  • Creating and delivering your pitch
  • Overcoming hurdles when raising capital
  • What happens after the investment

250 Greenwich Street
7 World Trade Center, 30th Floor
New York, NY 10007


February 27th, 2014
6:30pm – 8:45pm


Patrick Sullivan is the former CEO/Founder of RightsFlow, a licensing technology that powers YouTube & Google Play. RightsFlow was founded in 2007 and sold to Google/YouTube in 2011.  He is currently employed at Google and also manages a private investment company, VanHam Ventures.

Brittany Laughlin is the General Manager at Union Square Ventures, the venture capital firm behind Soundcloud, Turntable, Splice, Zynga, Twitter, Kickstarter, Etsy, and Tumblr. Prior to USV, Brittany founded Incline, transitioning military veterans into technology jobs, and co-founded gtrot, a venture-backed social travel company that sold to Groupon in 2013.  Previously, she worked at American Express.  Brittany has a Bachelors degree in Marketing and International Business from New York University.

Ilana Grossman heads up all marketing and communication efforts for Gust.  For years, Gust has been helping angel groups and venture capital funds collaborate with promising startups. Over the last 12 months 1800+ startups have been funded through Gust.  Prior to joining Gust, Ilana held senior positions at leading digital marketing agencies, most notably Digitas and Organic, where she led the development and implementation of several CRM and digital campaigns for clients such as Bank of America, Sanofi-Aventis, Johnson & Johnson, and Astra Zeneca.  She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Fundacao Getulio Vargas and an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


Kelly Hoey is a connection-maker, networking strategist and expert community manager.  She builds valuable professional networks, creates engaged communities and raises professional online profiles. Kelly is a founder of Women Innovate Mobile, LLC (WIM), the first startup accelerator focused exclusively on fast-tracking the growth of early-stage mobile technology ventures with gender-diverse founding teams.  Additionally, Kelly is a member of the Board of Directors of Glimpse Labs, the ephemeral photosharing app with state-of-the-art encryption technology.

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*FREE for WIM Members and $15 for Non-Members.  To become a WIM member please  click here and we will send you the panel promo code to attend the event for FREE!

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