August’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions and Mergers

September 2nd, 2014

Music messaging app PingTune has hired Rob Bowley is now CTO.

SoundCloud has named Stephen Bryan its new SVP of Business Development and Strategy.

Maria Osherova has been promoted by Warner Music Group to EVP of Human Resources.

Artist Publishing Group hired Angie Pagano as its General Manager, Michael “Kiko” Akiko as Sr. Director of A&R, and Miles Beard as Director of Pop/Dance A&R.

A number of big changes at  SESACJohn Josephson has been named Chairman and CEO; Pat Collins has been promoted to President and CEO of SESAC Performance Rights; and Kelli Turner has been hired as EVP of Corporate Development and CFO.

Madison Square Garden Company hired Sean Creamer as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

BMG Chrysalis U.S. named Brian Suh Senior Director of Business Affairs.

Rob Guthrie was promoted to Head of Operations at Songs Music Publishing.

Zach Horowitz has stepped down from his position as Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group after 30 years with the company. Jody Gerson will replace Horowitz, effective January 1st, 2015, leaving her position as co-president of Sony/ATV Publishing.

Sony/ATV promoted Brian Monaco to EVP, Worldwide Head of Advertising, Film and TV.

Wes Vause was named SVP of Publicity at Warner Music Nashville.

Shiva Rajaraman left her position as YouTube‘s Director of Product Management to join Spotify,

Peermusic promoted Yvonne Drazan to VP of the West Coast Latin Division, and Julio Bagué to VP of the Latin Division for the East Coast and Puerto Rico.

Aspiro AB named Christopher Hart its CFO.

Universal Music Group named Vince Szydlowski SVP of Label Sales at Capitol Music Group, replacing Ron Spaulding, who took the position just 18 months ago.

SpinMedia named Stephen Blackwell  CEO.

Xaxis Director of Product Development  Mike Finnegan has been hired away from Xaxis by Live Nation where he will be VP of Programmatic and Product Innovation.

Gracenote has hired John Batter as its new CEO.

Former CD Baby President Brian Felsen is now President of AdRev.

Ryan McWhinnie is Merlin‘s new Director of Legal and Business Affairs, leaving media law firm Harbottle & Lewis.