The Latest Music Industry Hirings: Maverick, Spotify, Pandora, Big Label, AEG Presents, Island, More…

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Katherine Keating, Maverick’s Chief Sustainability and Strategy Officer.

Maverick appoints a new top executive.

Katherine Keating will serve as Chief Sustainability and Strategy Officer at Maverick Management.  She’ll provide strategic resources to partner companies in tech, entertainment, and direct-to-consumer industries.  Keating previously worked at VICE.  She’ll work alongside Guy Oseary, CEO of Maverick Management.

Spotify lures another executive from Condé Nast.

Sahar Elhabashi, a six year executive at Condé Nast, will serve as Vice President of Content Business at Spotify.  She joins her former boss, Dawn Ostroff, who left Condé Nast earlier this year to join Spotify.  Elhabashi’s duties will remain similar to those at Condé Nast, where she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  Both executives have a strong background in television.  Elhabashi will join Spotify on December 10th.

Pandora poaches a top exec from HP.

Jason Roth will serve as Head of Product and Partnership Communications at Pandora.  He joins from Hewlett Packard, where he led Corporate Communications and Editorial Strategy for 3D Printing.  Roth has also served at iTunes as Senior Public Relations Manager and at Capitol Records as Senior Publicity Director.

Big Label adds a new team member.

Jeff Davis will serve as Director of Northeast Promotion and Marketing at Big Label Records per All Access.  He previously served at Red Bow Records.

AEG Presents hires two executives from YouTube Music/Google Play Music and Frontier.

David Rappaport will serve as Chief Operating Officer of AEG Presents’ recently unveiled Global Touring division.  He previously served as Head of Artist Relations for the Americas at YouTube Music/Google Play Music.

Michael Harrison will serve as Senior Vice President of AEG Global Touring.  He previously served as Tour Director at Frontier Touring.

Both will serve in Los Angeles.

Island Records poaches an executive from Columbia to replace a departing executive.

Mike DePippa, Senior Vice President of Promotion at Island Records, will leave the label at the end of the year.  He had joined Island in June 2017, previously serving at Republic and Sony.

Ayelet Schiffman, Senior Vice President of Rhythm and Dance Promotion at Columbia Records, will head to Island to replace DePippa per Variety.  She first joined Sony in 1994.

UMPG ups a top exec.

Simon Baker will now serve as General Manager of European Operations at Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG).  He’ll continue to provide support on financial and business matters to UMPG’s European Managing Directors.  Baker will also provide support to UMPG’s leadership team in Santa Monica.  Based in London, he’ll report to Mac Cimino, UMPG’s Chief Operating Officer.

Music industry nonprofit appoints a new board member.

Emily White will serve on the Board of Directors at Well Dunn.  She currently serves as a Founder Partner at Collective Entertainment, a music and sports entertainment company.  Dunn’s clients include Fox Stevenson, Torres, and Olympic swimmer Anthony Ervin.

StubHub names a new top financial boss and poaches a music development boss from Sony.

Greg Mrva will serve as Chief Financial Officer at StubHub.  He most recently served as Managing Director of Global Internet Banking at Goldman Sachs.  Mrva has also served at Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Montgomery Securities, and TPG Capital.  Based in San Francisco, he’ll lead StubHub’s financial planning, accounting, analysis, operations, management, and strategy.  Mrva will also set strategic direction, including overseeing the acquisitions team.

Jay Harren will serve as Head of Music Business Development.  He previously served as Vice President of A&R and Artist Development at Sony Music.

Another one gone at Snapchat.

Nick Bell, Vice President of Content at Snap, will leave the company.  In a memo, the five-year executive said he’ll leave at the end of the year, then take time off.  This year, Snap has lost its Chief Strategy Officer, Imran Khan, and Vice President of Product, Tim Conrad.

Bankrupt iHeartMedia reshuffles its board.

Bob Pittman will remain as CEO and Chairman of the Board at iHeartMedia.  Rich Bessler will also keep his current positions as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.

The new Board of Directors include Jay Rasulo (former Chief Financial Officer at Disney), Gary Barber (former Chairman and CEO of MGM), Stefan Blorn (former Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Strategy Officer at Spotify), Brad Gerstner (Founder and CEO of Altimeter Capital), Sean Mahoney (former partner at Goldman Sachs), and Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan (Founder and CEO of Drawbridge).

West One Music Group expands US team.

Brad Burnside will serve as Vice President of Partnerships and Operations at West One Music Group per MBW.  He’ll expand activity in the broadcast and production space and oversee strategy and leadership in the US.

Chris Brown, Head of West One’s Trailer music label and Custom Music Manager, will relocate from London to the US.

Based in Los Angeles, Burnside and Brown will report to Edwin Cox, the British global music agency’s CEO.  They’ll work closely with Cristina Bellido, Vice President of Business Development.

AEG Europe unveils three promotions.

John Langford, AEG Europe’s former Vice President and General Manager, will now serve as Chief Operating Officer.  He first joined the company in 2016.

In a newly created role, Emma Bownes, former Programming Director, will serve as Vice President of Programming.  She joined the company eight years ago, programming, developing, and curating content for The O2 and SSE Arena at Wembley.

Paul Reeve, former Finance Director for The O2 and The SSE Arena at Wembley, will serve as Chief Financial Officer.  He joined AEG Europe five years ago.

Concord Music appoints a new top exec in Nashville.

Rachel Reynolds will serve as Senior Director of Creative Content in Nashville.  The former KCRW executive will now lead content production efforts for the label group – Concord Records, Fantasy Recordings, Fearless Records, Loma Vista Recordings, and Rounder Records.  Reynolds will also oversee the execution of video content, podcasts, and live events.

Primephonic unveils a slew of appointments.

John Dalton will serve as Head of North America per Billboard.  He previously served at The Toccata Group, an entertainment consulting firm.

Henrique Boregio will serve as Chief Technology Officer.  He previously served at Picnic, a Dutch startup.

Maarten Hoekstra will serve as Chief Marketing Officer.  He previously served at Zelfstroom, a Dutch energy supplier.

The Press House appoints a new Senior Publicist.

Julia Ryan, a veteran Senior Publicist, will serve at The Press House per Billboard.  She recently served at Blue Note Entertainment Group.

Warner/Chappell poaches a Latin executive from Sony Music.

In a newly created role, Mary Nuñez will serve as Vice President of Sync – Latin at Warner/Chappell Music.  She previously served as Vice President of Music Licensing and Creative Services at Sony Music for the Latin Iberia region.

KIDinaKORNER poaches an executive from Epic Records.

Dylan Newman will serve as Director of A&R at KIDinaKORNER, a music company owned by Interscope Geffen A&M Records per All Access.  He previously served as Promotions Assistant at Epic Records.  Newman will report to company founder Alexander Grant, better known as Alex Da Kid.

BMLG loses an executive.

Lauren Longbine, Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) Records’ Director of Southwest, has left the company per All Access.  She had served at the label since 2015.

Gifnote confirms a new appointment.

Richard Johnson will serve as an Executive Advisor at Gifnote, a music messaging platform.  He’ll lead the platform’s strategic partnership with the music industry, large-scale technology integrations and business development efforts for its API.  He previously served as President of Qello, an OTT streaming concert service he co-founded.

Former Atlantic Records exec joins Arista.

John Boulos, former Executive Vice President of Promotion at Atlantic Records, will join Arista Records in the same role.  Boulos had served for 11 years at Roadrunner and Atlantic Records.

NuVoodoo unveils a new promotion.

In a newly created role, Eric Cohen will serve as Executive Vice President of Finance at NuVoodoo Media.  He previously served at Westwood One.  Based in New York, Cohen joined NuVoodoo earlier this year.

Former UTA executive joins CAA.

Steve Kaul has joined Creative Arts Agency in Nashville per Celebrity Access.  The senior music talent agent previously served at United Talent Agency, exiting the company last month alongside Dave Shapiro and Tim Borror.

APA ups a Partner.

Bruce Solar has been named Partner and Co-Head of Worldwide Music at APA.  He’ll oversee the concerts division’s West Coast operations along with Co-Head Steve Martin.  Solar joined APA from The Agency Group in 2015, serving as Executive Vice President of Global Touring.

ole names a new leader.

Helen Murphy will serve as CEO of ole, a global rights company.  The music industry veteran succeeds Robert Ott, ole’s Co-Founder.  He’ll serve as an advisor to Murphy, and on the Board of Directors.

Condé Nast confirms a promotion and a replacement for a former executive.

Condé Nast has promoted Joseph Libonati to Chief Communications Officer.  Libonati has been with the company since 2013, when he served as Vice President of Corporate Communications.  Before coming to Condé Nast, he served as Senior Vice President at Rubinstein Communications and Vice President of Corporate Communications at NBC Universal.  Libonati will lead the development and implementation of all communications strategies for the company.

Oren Katzeff will also succeed Dawn Ostroff as President of Entertainment.  He recently served as Head of Programming at Tastemade.  Katzeff will assume responsibility for the publisher’s film, TV, and digital studio.  Ostroff left in June to head up content at Spotify.

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