Executive Shuffles: Pandora, PledgeMusic, Kobalt, Clear Channel, BMI

The latest in comings and goings…


Pandora‘s Board of Directors has appointed Brian McAndrews to succeed Joe Kennedy as CEO, President and Chairman.

Formerly of Madrona Venture Group, Microsoft, and aQuantive, McAndrews met the “specific criteria for [the] new CEO,” according to Tim Westergren, founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Pandora, because “no one better understands the intersection of technology and advertising.”

Wall street also reported that Pandora shares rose 6 percent in late trading after the announcement was made.


PledgeMusic has appointed John Lenac as Head of Business Development.  Lenac will be responsible for expanding PledgeMusic’s partnerships with record labels and DSPs. He was most recently the founder and CEO at TechIT Media Group, and has worked with Yahoo! Music as Head of Programming and Artist/Label Relations.  He’s also been HITS Magazine’s Rock Editor.

Vincent Clery-Melin has joined the ranks of Kobalt Label Services (KLS) as global MD of AWAL, the digital distribution and marketing services company that was acquired by Kobalt at the end of 2011.  Clery-Melin founded and managed Cooperative Music prior to joining Kobalt and has worked with many other independent labels such as Glassnote, Bella Union, and Downtown Music.

Clear Channel has named Greg Strassell as SVP of Programming, after a longtime tenure at CBS Radio.  Similar to his role at CBS, Strassell will help lead programming initiatives at and report to Pres./Operations-Regional Markets Matt Martin.  Prior to CBS, Strassell worked with American Radio Systems and launched and programmed multiple radio stations across the United States.

Michael O’Neill has been named CEO of BMI, succeeding Del Bryant.  With 20 years of experience at BMI, O’Neill was most recently SVP of repertoire and licensing and was appointed by a unanimous decision by BMI’s board of directors. O’Neill will assume his role as CEO on September 16.

More to come.


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