Executive Shuffle: UMG, The Association of Independent Music, PIAS

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The latest executive shuffles across the music industry…

Universal Music Group (UMG) hired Ty Roberts as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology officer.  This role will be effective as of April 25th.  Roberts will be based in Santa Monica, CA, and will report to Michael Nash, Executive Vice President of Digital Strategy.  This is a newly-created role, and just one of several new jobs in the music industry popping up this year.

As part of their expansion, UMG has also moved Jeremy Erlich from Head of Corporate Development and Strategy to Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Business Development for Interscope Geffen A&M.

Also, UMG’s US classical music division sees the exit of Elizabeth Sobol who was President of the division since 2013. Sobol is leaving as soon as next week, according to reports, but UMG’s has already got plans for fill the role.


The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has elevated Lara Baker to Director.  Barker has been a longtime team member and joined the business in 2004 as an Administration Officer.  Barker will now take on the newly-created role of Marketing and Events Director.

PIAS have announced key promotions in the UK team.  Jason Rackham, the current Managing Director of PIAS Cooperative, is elevated to Managing Director of PIAS UK.  In his new role, Rackham will be responsible for the three core divisions: Artist and Label Services, Cooperative and Play It Again Sam.

In addition, PIAS has also elevated Craig Penny to Head of PIAS Cooperative.


Also, for the latest jobs in the music industry, check out Digital Music News’ job board.

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2 Responses

  1. Remi Swierczek

    Ty Roberts, the man who sold Gracenote to Sony for $250M then clueless what to do with it SOLD it again to Tribune Holdings for $170M is now THE JESUS CHRIST of the UMG – the NOAH’s ARK of the music industry!

    WOW, WOW and WOW again!

    There is a hope if he does not kill what is left after Mr. Keeling’s term he might sale UMG to Google! Let’s triple Google as we create $200B music business.

  2. Anonymous

    Lara BAKER was promoted in AIM, not “Barker.”