July’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions & Mergers

August 1st, 2014

Warner Bros. Pictures promoted Niki Sherrod from VP to SVP of Music.

Def Jam promoted Rodney Shealey to EVP of Urban Promotion from his previous position of SVP of Promotion at Island Def Jam Music GRoup.

Some changes at Clear Channel: Maynard Cohen was named SVP of Programming; Brian Lakamp was promoted to President of Technology and Digital Ventures; Liz Sarachek Blacker was hired as EVP of of Hispanic Strategy and Sales; and Mike Scott has been promoted to Regional Market Manager of Mobile/Pensacola, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Biloxi and Laurel/Hattiesburg.

Music Sales has brought on Bree Winwood as its new Head of Synchronization and Annie Roseberry as an A&R consultant.

Proper Music Distribution made a number of promotions: Carol Zuma has been promoted to Head of Finance, Erica Day to Head of Inventory and Logistics, Esther Tewkesbury to Head of Product and Marketing, and Gray Warner to Label Manager.

Music Managers Forum Chair Brian Message has stepped down after four years, with Diane Wagg and Stephen Budd replacing him as Co-Chairs.

The Agency Group is opening a Miami office, focusing on the Latin and Hispanic market. Jeremy Norkin, the new Director of Latin Operations, will oversee the office.

Kobalt Label Services named Tom Smith VP of Sales and Marketing.

INgrooves named Jesse Flores its Senior Director of Product Management.

Warner Music Group promoted Tim Fraser-Harding to President of Global Catalog, Recorded Music and Mark Pinkus to President of US Catalogue and Rhino Entertainment, replacing Kevin Gore who is leaving the company.

Michael Cerda is leaving his position as SVP of Product and Technology at VEVO.

Beatport‘s CEO,Matthew Adell, is stepping down.

Traci Adams is now Senior VP of Promotion at Epic Records.

Andrew Gould has been promoted from VP to SVP of Creative at BMG Chrysalis.

Global Radio named Ian Hanson as COO.

The Hollywood Reporter  has added Jon Frosch and Bryan Bishop to its senior editorial team.

Downtown Records added three members to its synch licensing team - Jennifer Pearce, will be based out of Downtown’s NYC office, and Céleigh Chapman and Tarik Bradford will work from Downtown Records’ newly opened LA office.

AWAL North America named Sarah Landy General Manager.

Baboom, Kim Dotcom’s music service, hired Tony Smith as CFO.

Def Jam Recordings has promoted Mundo Garcia to West Coast Regional Manager.

Streamsound Records hired Jennifer Shaffer as its Northeast Manager of Promotion.

Columbia Records named Darice Lee its Associate Director of Rock and Alternative Promotion

Atlantic Records hired Evan Lipschutz as Vice President of A&R.

Ben Lambert, CFO of U.K. performance rights organization PPL, is stepping down for “personal reasons”.  Christian Barton is being promoted to Finance Director.

Disciple Media has hired Leanne Sharman as COO.

Google‘s Product Manager of YouTube Music, Chris LaRosa, is leaving his position to join an unnamed startup.