The Latest Music Industry Shuffles — Vevo, PRS, Warner, iHeartMedia, More…

The Latest Music Industry Shuffles — Vevo, PRS, Warner, iHeartMedia, More...
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The Latest Music Industry Shuffles — Vevo, PRS, Warner, iHeartMedia, More...
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Laurie Zeleny, Vevo’s new Senior Vice President of People.

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Laurie Zeleny will serve as Vevo’s new Senior Vice President of People.  Based in New York, she’ll be responsible for the company’s global people strategy as well as all facets of acquiring and developing new talent.


PRS For Music

Music creators Tom Gray, Crispin Hunt, and Philip Pope have been appointed as Writer Directors of the Performing Rights Society (PRS).  Barry Blue, Michelle Escoferry, and Steve Levine have been reappointed to the Board.

Antony Bebawi will serve as the new Publisher Director.  He joins Jackie Alway, Simon Anderson, Chris Butler, and Richard King, who have also been reappointed.

PRS members made the appointments at the PRS Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 21st.


Warner Music

Piotr Kabaj will leave Warner Music Poland following Kinga Siennicka’s appointment as Managing Director.  His career in the music industry spans 30 years.



Adam Ralston will serve as Vice President of Marketing at iHeartMedia Boston.  He’ll work closely with the promotion, events, sales, and programming teams to develop and execute marketing for the Boston market’s brands and franchises.  These include WXKS-FM, WJMN-FM, WBWL-FM, WZLX-FM, WKAF-FM, WBZ-AM, WRKO-AM, and WXKS-AM.

Kareem Chin will also serve as Senior Vice President and Head of Investor Relations at iHeartMedia.  Based in New York, he’ll manage the company’s relationship with the investor community, ensuring iHeartMedia’s strategy remains aligned with the needs of its equity holders following its listing on the NASDAQ exchange.  Chin will report to Rich Bressler, the company’s President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer.


Sony Music

Per Billboard, Ruben Leyva will serve as Senior Vice President of Artist Services and Premium Content at Sony Music U.S. Latin.  He joined the company in 2003 as Vice President of Sales.  Leyva will report to Alex Gallardo, President of Sony Music U.S. Latin.


The Davis Firm

Jodie Shihadeh will now serve as Partner at The Davis Firm.  She joined the firm in 2011 and had risen from Associate to Managing Attorney.



Greg Macias will serve as Brand Director at Yamaha.  He previously served as Chief Marketing Officer at Magnivation, Director of Marketing at ASICS America, and Vice President of Marketing at Quiksilver, Inc.  In his new role, Macias will report to Matt Searfus, Yamaha’s Corporate Vice President of Integrated Marketing.


Academy of Country Music

After nearly two and a half years, Pete Fisher has stepped down as CEO of the Academy of Country Music.  He stated that he’ll be pursuing “new opportunities.”  R.A. “RAC” Clark now serves as Interim Executive Director.



Daniel Stuart will serve as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs in the United States.  Based in the company’s Los Angeles office, he’ll oversee AWAL’s U.S.-based legal affairs activities, including the negotiation of agreements with clients, distributors, and vendors as well as the development and implementation of new business affairs initiatives and strategies.


Blackbird Presents

Joe Litvag will serve as President of Live Entertainment at Blackbird Presents.  In the newly created position, the music industry veteran will oversee the company’s live entertainment projects.  Litvag will also lead the development of new live event ventures for Blackbird.


Big Cartel

Per Billboard, Anna Brozek will now serve as CEO of Big Cartel.  She had previously served as the company’s Operations Director.  Brozek joined Big Cartel seven years ago.


Modern Drummer

David Frangioni will serve as Modern Drummer magazine’s new publisher.


The E.W. Scripps Company

Larissa England will serve as Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Business Partner at The E.W. Scripps Company.  In the newly created role, she’ll focus on implementing strategies for equitable and inclusive hiring practices, vendor selection, and management philosophies.


Featured image by Vevo.