May’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions & Mergers

May 31st, 2014

Ticketfly named Steve Oliver its COO.

Leo V. Williams IV has been named General Manager of Creative of rights management company ole. Williams will be General Manager of Creative in Los Angeles.

Stephen White is stepping down from his role as President of Gracenote.

Universal Music Publishing Group has promoted Ethiopia Habtemariam to President of Urban Music and Co-Head of Creative in the U.S., reports Billboard.

Warner Music Group has added Mathias DöpfnerNoreena Hertz, and Oliver Slipper to its board.

7Digital‘s U.S. President, Vickie Nauman, is stepping down four and a half years after launching the company’s U.S. operations.

Dean Gillard has been named VP of International Marketing and A&R at PM:AM Recordings, Universal Music’s global dance network.

Jarl Mohn has been appointed the new President of NPR, replacing Gary Knell, who left to become President and CEO of National Geographic.

VH1‘s EVP of Talent and Music Programming, Rick Krim, has left the company.

Deezer‘s U.K. Managing Director, Mark Foster, is stepping down.

Richard Conlon is leaving his position as SVP or Corporate Strategy, Communications and New Media at BMI.  Also at BMI, Tina Hart was named Executive of Writer/Publisher Relations in Europe.

David Nathan is moving from Republic Records to Big Machine Label Group.

Downtown Music Publishing is launching Downtown Music Benelux in Amsterdam in partnership with Hot Streak Music with Hot Streak’s Co-Founder Lucas van Slegtenhorst serving as Managing Director of the new company.

Bill Lubvitz has stepped down from his position as Vice President of Promotion at Nashville indie label group Black River Entertainment.

Dennis Blair has moved from his position as SVP of Rock Formats at Universal Republic to SVP of Promotion at RCA Records.

Motown Records named Myisha Brooks its new VP of Creative Relations and Marketing.

Warner Bros. Records added Taryn Haight and Lauren Lipsay to its dance music marketing team.

Exfm has shut down.

Artist management company In De Goot Entertainment  started In De Goot Recordings, distributed by Sony/RED.

Isa Namerow has been named SVP of Business Development and Publisher Relations at XAPPmedia.

Lively named Scott Kawa its new Director of Venue Relations and Tour Marketing.

Some changes at Cold River RecordsJim Dandy has moved up to VP of Promotion; Mary Lynne O’Neal was promoted to National Director of Promotion; and Shannon Thomas has been named Director of Strategic Partnerships.

Adam LaRue has been named Epitaph and Anti- Records‘ new Director of Marketing.

Susan Mazo is the new SVP of Global Communications at Universal Music Group, leaving her position as SVP of Communications and Marketing at Warner Music.

Damian Christian has been promoted to Director of Promotions at Atlantic Records UK and SVP of Promotional Strategy at Warner Music UK.

Sony Music UK‘s VP of Industry Relations, Emma Pike, is stepping down.

SF Music Tech Summit: Panel Streams

May 29th, 2014

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make SF Music Tech Summit this year.  Last year I thought the panels were excellent, and I met some great people.  Lucky for those of us who didn’t make it this year, the panels are online and available for streaming via Soundcloud.  I’m just starting to get through them so let me know which ones are your favorites!


Event: Moms in Music

May 14th, 2014

In honor of Mother’s Day, Women in Music is presenting its annual panel on being a mom in music.  This event is always inspirational and thought-provoking.  Anyone can attend and there is no charge! Details below…


WIM Presents : Moms In Music
Date(s) – 05/15/2014
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


(This event is now FREE for WIM members and Non-Members.)

Back by popular demand, Women In Music presents its annual installment of Moms in Music, a panel discussion focusing on the joys and challenges of parenting while maintaining a career in the music industry. This panel is not just for moms, but for anyone thinking of having a family someday. Panelists will offer insight into balancing careers and personal lives and will candidly address the choices and compromises they’ve made along the way. In past years this panel has been soul-stirring and memorable for all involved.  We hope you’ll join us for this year’s informative and inspiring discussion!

Topics that may be addressed include:

  • Time management – striking a balance
  • Maternity leave
  • Juggling priorities – when to ‘Lean In’ and when to lean back
  • Childcare choices
  • Telling your boss/clients/fans you’re expecting
Pam Workman-Hilton - Founder/President, Workman Group CommunicationsPANELISTS
Angela Hunte - GRAMMY award winning composer, producer (Empire State of Mind, etc.) and recording artist
Julie Hurwitz - VP, Commercial Music Group, Kobalt Music
Lauren Kinhan - NY Voices & Internationally Touring Solo Artist
Liz Leahy - CEO & Founder, Section 101
Nina Persson - Singer/Songwriter, The Cardigans

All attending must RSVP by May 14 at 2:00pm EST. RSVP here:

Light refreshments and snacks will be served. 

This event is FREE for WIM members and Non-Members. Click HERE to join WIM today to start taking advantage of member benefits!