Executive Shuffle: UMG, Kobalt, Live Nation Canada…

Executive Shuffle: UMG, Kobalt, Live Nation Canada...
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The music industry has undergone a series of executive shuffles in recent weeks, with several prominent companies announcing major appointments.

Universal Music Group (UMG) has hired Graham Parker as President of UMG’s U.S. classical labels. Parker, a seasoned music industry executive, will report to Dickon Stainer, President & CEO of Global Classics, UMG, and Danny Bennett, President & CEO of Verve Label Group. The role will be based in New York.

Parker previously served as President of Universal Music Classics in the UK, where he oversaw the launch of the label. He also worked as General Manager of EMI Classics and Vice President of A&R at Sony Classical.

In his new role, Parker will be responsible for overseeing UMG’s classical labels in the US, including Deutsche Grammophon, Decca Records, and Mercury KX. He will also be tasked with developing and implementing strategies to grow the labels’ audiences and reach.

Meanwhile, Kobalt has hired Lonny Olinick as Senior Vice President of Strategic Business Development. Olinick, a veteran technology executive, will be responsible for finding new technology opportunities for the company. The role will be effective immediately, and Olinick will report to Kobalt’s founder & CEO, Willard Ahdritz. He will be based in Los Angeles.

Olinick previously worked as Vice President of Business Development at TIDAL, the music streaming service owned by Jay-Z. He also worked as Vice President of Business Development at Beats Music, which was later acquired by Apple.

In his new role, Olinick will be responsible for identifying and evaluating new technologies and business opportunities for Kobalt. He will work closely with Ahdritz and the rest of the management team to drive growth and innovation at the company.

Elsewhere in the music industry, Live Nation Canada has made several key appointments. The company promoted Erik Hoffman from Senior Vice President of Talent in Vancouver to President of Talent in Toronto. Hoffman has worked for Live Nation for the past 12 years, and he previously worked for PRS Concerts Canada, where he served for just over six years as Director of Talent.

In his new role, Hoffman will be responsible for overseeing all talent acquisition and booking for Live Nation in Toronto. He will also work closely with the rest of the management team to develop strategies to grow the company’s presence in the market.

Live Nation Canada also hired John May as Executive Vice President of media and Corporate Partnerships. May previously served as Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at Bell Media. In his new role, he will be responsible for developing and implementing media and corporate partnership strategies for Live Nation in Canada.

Overall, these executive shuffles highlight the ongoing evolution of the music industry, as companies seek to adapt to changing market conditions and technology trends. By bringing in experienced executives like Parker, Olinick, Hoffman, and May, these companies are positioning themselves for continued growth and success in a rapidly changing landscape.

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

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