Here’s a wrap on the latest flurry of music industry hirings — and abrupt departures.
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Tencent Music Group — Andy Ng, Tsai Chun Pan, Cheuk Tung Tony Yip
Andy Ng has just stepped down at Tencent Music Group from his position of Group Vice President for ‘personal reasons’. Ng will shift into a consultancy role as ‘Group Senior Consultant’ effective immediately, with Group Vice President Tsai Chun Pan assuming Ng’s responsibilities in copyright management.
Separately, Cheuk Tung Tony Yip will assume Pan’s role in overseeing Tencent’s Ultimate Music, while maintaining his role as Chief Strategy Officer. All will continue to report to group CEO Cussion Kar Shun Pang.
7digital — Pete Downton
7digital CEO Pete Downton is out, prompting a quick drop in the company’s shares on Friday. Downton initially joined the company as Chief Commercial Officer in 2014. “Pete has made a tremendous contribution to the company during the four years since its creation,” 7digital chair Don Cruickshank said. “On behalf of the board, I would like to thank him for everything he has done.”
Spotify — Jonathan Prince, John Butler
Spotify’s mass exodus has slowed, though top-ranked execs are still existing.
That includes Jonathan Prince, a Spotify ‘fixer’ who reportedly triggered the disastrous ‘Hate Conduct’ policy. Prince, who headed roles at Spotify governing content and public policy during his tenure, is headed for Slack.
Elsewhere, John Butler is leaving Spotify after two years working with Pop and Christian genres for the service. Butler previously served as the VP of promotion at Curb Records in Nashville for more than 15 years.
AWAL — Chris Hardy
Hardy has been tapped by Kobalt’s AWAL as head of operations for Canada, and will be based in Toronto. Hardy will play Canadian liaison for AWAL’s global clients, reporting into AWAL president of North America, Ron Cerrito.
Sony/ATV Music Publishing — Legal Affairs Department Promotions
Nicole Giacco has been promoted to senior vice president of the Business & Legal Affairs department. She joined Sony/ATV in 2008 as senior director.
Ryan Raichilson has been promoted to Director of Business & Legal Affairs. He joined Sony/ATV in 2007 and joined the B&LA after passing his bar exam in 2015.
Melissa Yermes joins the Department as Associate Director after serving three years at Sony Music Entertainment in New York.
Molly O’Neill is also joining the department in the role of Coordinator.
UTA — Shanique Bonelli Moore
Talent firm United Talent Agency has appointed Shanique Bonelli-Moore as their Executive Director of Inclusion. Bonelli-Moore previously worked with BuzzFeed on issues of diversity, inclusion, and belonging. She first joined UTA in 2018.
Ticketmaster — Karen Klein
Travel industry veteran Karen Klein has joined Ticketmaster as Executive Vice President and general counsel. She will lead the company’s legal, government affairs, public policy, and human resources teams and will report to president Jared Smith.
ONErpm — Charles Hendricks
ONErpm has hired Charles Hendricks as Director of Partner Relations. Hendricks will develop and execute marketing, social media, and playlist strategies for ONErpm’s roster of artists and labels.
Recording Academy — Lisa Farris
Lisa Farris has been appointed to the role of the chief digital officer, overseeing the group’s content strategy, data analytics, audience growth, and product strategy teams. She will report directly to Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow.
Oak View Group Launches OVG International
OVG has expanded its base of operations with the launch of OVG International. The London-based expansion will explore arena and stadium development and partnership opportunities in the UK, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Peermusic — Michael Knox
Michael Knox has been promoted to Senior Vice President of peermusic, effective March 1st.
PIAS — Vanessa Picken
Vanessa Picken has joined PIAS as the company’s new Head of Digital for America, Asia Pacific, Australia & New Zealand. She previously served as the Founder and Managing Director of the digital agency Comes With Fries.
Pirate Press Records — Vique Martin
Vique Martin has been hired by PPR to handle direct-to-retail sales.
KROQ — Gene “Bean” Baxter
Gene “Bean” Baxter announced that he will be departing the KROQ morning show Kevin & Bean after more than 30 years. Baxter has hosted the show alongside Kevin Ryder since it launched in 1989. Baxter is returning to England and says more news will come.
Songtrust — Dewayne Ector
Royalty collection platform Songtrust has created a new department headed by Dewayne Ector. The Global Society Relations department will manage relationships with collecting societies and CISAC.
Songtrust — Anna Bond
Anna Bond has joined Songtrust as the director of business development in North America.
Palm Tree Records — Ben Harvey
Music programmer and radio personality Ben Harvey is joining the newly formed Palm Tree Records as president. PTR is a joint venture label from DJ Kygo, music manager Myles Shear and Sony Music Entertainment.
BMG — Kenney Shiu, Michael Kachko, Alex Marchant, Ciaran McNeaney, Sam Delves
BMG is launching an official office in Hong Kong to expand the company’s presence in Asia. The new office will be headed by Managing Director of BMG Hong Kong Kenney Shiu.
BMG has also announced it has promoted Michael Kachko to senior vice president of Catalog Recordings in the US. He will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations, marketing direction, and BMG’s global catalog of recordings in the US.
The company has also named several new positions within its Global Marketing division: Alex Marchant as Director of Global Marketing; Ciaran McNeaney as Director of Global Production; and Sam Delves has been promoted to Manager of Global Marketing.
CD Baby — International Expansion
Several new international hires for CD Baby include Henriette Heimdal as market development coordinator in London, Darryl Hurs as representative in Toronto, Johanna Rivera as representative in Colombia, and Keith Tan to found the company’s newly-created Asian office.
Omnian Music Group — Jane Abernethy
Jane Abernethy is joining Omnian Music Group as managing director.
Live Nation Entertainment — Stephanie Van Spronsen
Live Nation UK has announced it has hired Stephanie Van Spronsen as a full-time promoter. Van Spronsen was first woman at the company’s Download Festival booking team.
Maverick Management — Eshy Gazit
Maverick Management has announced that Eshy Gazit, manager of the Kpop group Monsta X and big force behind BTS, is joining the team. Maverick President Greg Thompson revealed the news in a statement.
AEG Presents — Nick Sampanato
Nick Sampanato is joining AEG Presents as the Senior Vice President of Venue Operations. He will report to Shawn Trell, COO.
Radio One — Kashon Powell
Kashon Powell has been promoted to vice president of programming at Radio One.
HeadCount — Kam Franklin
Kam Franklin has joined the board of directors at HeadCount, effective February 27th.
MelodyVR — Miles Lewis
MelodyVR has announced the appointment of Miles Lewis to serve as Chief Commercial Officer.