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.