February’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions, and Mergers

February 28th, 2015

After only eight months, Sony Music Australia’s General Manager of Asia Pacific Marketing Tim Kelly leaves his position.

Music Director Alan Gilbert announced his planned resignation from the New York Philharmonic in 2017.

Chris Graham leaves behind his position as VP of Sales and Marketing at Wind Up Records for an Artist Relations position at Amazon Music.

Future of Music Coalition has a number of new appointments, including Casey Rae as CEO and seven new board members: Ryan Chisholm of Nettwerk Music Group, Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Benji Rogers of Pledge Music, Merrill Garbus of Tune Yards, Dick Huey of Toolshed, Ken Umezaki of Digital Daruma, and Vicki Nauman of CrossBorderWorks and SXSW.

Thomas Hesse joins MusicxMatch’s Board of Advisors, leaving behind an executive position at Sony Music.

The National Music Publisher’s Association welcomes Amelia Wang, formerly Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Judy Chu, as VP of Industry Relations and Government Affairs.

Universal Music Group’s President Rob Wells announced this month that he will be stepping down from his position after 14 years.

Mark Norman left LiveNation for the same title, SVP of Global Touring, at AEG Live.

Gregg Nadel, previously SVP of A&R and Marketing at Atlantic Records, has been appointed GM of Elektra Records.

Lauren Ceradini departs from Epic Records to join Capitol Music Group as VP of Publicity.

Venancia de Castro has been appointed as the new Executive Director of AEG Brasil.

Van Toffler, President of MTV Networks Music & Logo Group, is stepping down from his position to create and manage his own company focusing on content creation.

SoundExchange makes two new appointments this month: Jacqueline Peterson, previously SVP of Corporate Communications at LiveNation Entertainment, is their new SVP of Communications, while Mark Eisenberg, formerly Global Head of Content Acquisition and Strategy at MixRadio, is their new SVP of Strategic Initiatives.

Gabe Tesoriero of Def Jam Recordings has been promoted to EVP of Media and Artist Relations.

Frank Taubert is stepping down from his position as CEO of 24-7 Entertainment to serve as an advisor to 24-7’s parent company, Media-Saturn Holding.

Jackie Shuman, previously Head of Sync at Crush Management, has been appointed Music Supervisor for Good Ear Music Supervision.

Schott Music has appointed Richard Dinnadge as International Business Development Director.

ASCAP has promoted former SVP of Distribution and Repertory Lynne Lummel to EVP of the new Transformation Management Office.

Global Entertainment has appointed Randy Phillips as their new CEO.