Latest Industry Hires, Fires & Retires: AWAL, Warner Music, CMG, Decca Records, More…
Kobalt’s AWAL announces a promotion.
Matt Riley will now serve as Vice President of A&R at AWAL. He previously served as Director of Creative, helping sign key indie acts, including Bruno Major, Tom Misch, and Neneh Cherry. Based in Kobalt’s London office, Riley will identify and develop emerging acts, signing artists to label service deals with AWAL Recordings. He’ll also support new acts via AWAL in the US.
Warner Music Asia adds a new member to its senior management team.
Sophie Jian will serve as Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations at Warner Music Asia. She has previously served at Bloomberg Media Group, General Electric, and Standard Chartered Banking Group. Based in Hong Kong, Jian will replace Gary Smerdon, who has moved on to a new international role at Warner Music Group.
Jian joins a five-person senior management team, which includes Calvin Wong (President of Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and Korea/Executive Vice President of Warner Music Asia), Carmus Chan (Human Resources Director of Warner Music Asia), Cora Lam (Senior Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for Greater China and Southeast Asia), and Simon Robson (President of Warner Music Asia), whom she will report to.
CMG names a top executive.
Anton Monstead will serve as Executive Vice President of Soundtracks and A&R at Capitol Music Group (CMG). In the newly created role, the veteran music executive will oversee the company’s development and implementation of soundtrack projects. Monstead will also serve as a liaison to the film and television communities. Based in Hollywood, he’ll report to CMG President Ashley Newton.
Decca Records confirms a key promotion.
Laura Monks will now serve as General Manager of Decca Records. She previously served as Director of Marketing and Commercial Partnerships. Monks will report to Rebecca Allen, President of Decca Records.
PledgeMusic confirms management shake-up.
Malcolm Dunbar will now serve as Global President and Chief Operating Officer of PledgeMusic. The move comes after CEO Dominic Pandiscia left the beleaguered company.
Jayce Varden, the company’s cofounder and former Senior Vice President of Artist Development and Customer Relations, has returned.
Scott Graves, PledgeMusic’s former Global Head of Talent Relations, has also returned and will serve as President of North America.
The embattled company has failed to pay artists for more than 100 days, according to numerous reports, leading to Pandiscia’s resignation.
Big Noise confirms leadership posts for live media division.
Eli Lande will serve as President at Big Noise Live per Pollstar. He’ll lead the company’s newly created live division, overseeing strategy, business development, revenue, and operations. Lande previously served as Senior Vice President of Events at Universal Music Group.
Brian Rucker will also serve as Senior Vice President of Events and Partnerships. He’ll oversee the implementation and execution of all events and integrated brand partnerships. Rucker previously served as Head of Live Industry Relations at Pandora. He has also served at Townsquare Media, Wasserman Media Group, and Live Nation.
The newly created division will oversee festival development, including funding, concept and IP development, talent booking, marketing, brand partnerships, event management, and execution. Nick Gross, the drummer for Half The Animal, founded Big Noise earlier this year. The record label and publishing company’s roster includes Half The Animal and Ashley Tisdale.
Viacom confirms a top appointment.
Mike Greco will serve as Executive Vice President of Content Strategy and Business Development for Viacom’s cable networks MTV, VH1, and Logo. He’ll partner with Chris McCarthy, President of the Viacom cable group, to focus on program scheduling, content strategy, acquisitions, finance, quantitative research, and audience insight. Greco previously left MTV to serve at A&E, Lifetime, and Discovery. He most recently served as Executive Vice President of Programming and Research at Discovery.
Livingstone welcomes a new partner.
Michael Westhoven will serve as a Partner in Livingstone’s Global Media and Technology. Based in Dusseldorf, he has 25 years of experience in media, tech, and communications mergers and acquisitions. Westhoven has served as Corporate Finance Advisor, Venture Capital Investor, and Operational Executive with profit and loss responsibility. He joins from Houlihan Lokey, where he served as German Head of Technology, Media, and Telecommunications.
LA City Council quits job to join OVG.
Mitchell Englander has stepped down as Councilman for the city of Los Angeles and will join Oak View Group (OVG) as Executive Vice President of Government Affairs. He will start on January 1st, 2019. Irving Azoff and Tim Leiweke founded the venue management, advisory, development, and investment company in 2015.
HRN Media Network adds a top executive.
Matt Feinberg will serve as Chief Strategy Officer at HRN Media Network, the Hispanic radio sales and syndication division of Gen Media Partners. He’ll report to Clark Logan, President of HRN.
Pacifica Foundation confirms a key appointment.
Maxie Jackson will serve as Executive Director at Pacifica Foundation, a non-profit organization which owns 5 listener-supported radio stations. He previously served as President and CEO of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters per Current. Jackson owns a public media consulting company, MaxWorx Media.
WME Nashville loses a top executive.
Rob Beckham has stepped down as co-head of WME Nashville. He had served as an agent for Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, and Chris Young. WME Nashville’s other four co-heads – Scott Clayton, Joey Lee, Greg Oswald, and Jay Williams – will oversee the company.
Speaking with Billboard, Beckham didn’t confirm the reason for his departure. Rather, he said,
“It’s all good. WME has been great.”
Featured image by Warner Music Group.