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.