Here’s a wrap on the latest music industry hirings, firings, retirings, and promotions.
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Spotify — Brian Benedik
Topping this list is Spotify’s Brian Benedik, who is now exiting his post as Global Head of Sales. The departure is the latest in a long-running string of top-level exits at the streamer.
Also, former Interscope Records CFO Jeremy Erlich has now landed at Spotify, where he will serve as head of music strategy. Erlich previously served three years at Interscope Records as Executive VP, Business Development.
LiveXLive Media — Perry Farrell
LiveXLive Media announced this week that Perry Farrell is joining the company as a global ambassador. Farrell will help curate a 24/7 ‘always on’ experience, as well as co-create original episodic content in partnership with the company.
Republic/UMG — Wendy Goldstein
Republic Records has just bumped Wendy Goldstein to President of West Coast Creative, according to an announcement today (Wednesday). Goldstein was previously EVP.
Partisan Records — Theresa Adebiyi
Partisan Records has appointed Theresa Adebiyi as Creative Director. Theresa joins the company from Ninja Tune, where she served as Creative Marketing Manager.
Beats by Dre — Chris Thorne
Former Electronic Arts executive Chris Throne has been hired as Chief Marketing Officer of Beats Electronics. Thorne will oversee global marketing efforts in his new role and report directly to president Luke Wood.
YouTube — Martin Kon
YouTube has hired management consultant Martin Kon as VP of YouTube strategy to help drive long-term direction for the company. Kon was previously a member of Boston Consulting Group as a senior partner and managing director.
SoundCloud — Ian Greaves
SoundCloud has hired Ian Greaves as its new Director, International Major Label Services. He will report directly to Lisa Ellis, Global Head of Music, Artist Relations and Label Services.
Eventbrite — Casey Winters
Casey Winters has joined ticketing company Eventbrite to serve as Chief Product Officer. He will lead global product management, design, and research teams. Winters has previously advised companies like Airbnb, Tinder, Reddit, and more.
Big Deal Music Group — Several Promotions
Big Deal Music Group announced a series of promotions among its senior staff today. Jamie Cerreta and Casey Robison have been named co-presidents. Kenny MacPherson is assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer. All three will continue to operate out of the company’s Los Angeles headquarters.
Warner Music Asia — Brayden Crossley
Warner Music Asia has promoted Brayden Crossley to the new role of Senior VP Marketing for Greater China and SEA. In addition to Crossley’s appointment, WMA appointed Darren Ho as Senior VP Marketing Strategy and Phil Luen as Senior VP, Digital Business Development and Research Analysis.
INgrooves — Eduardo ‘Edup’ del Pilar
Eduardo del Pilar has joined INgrooves’ Latin music division, effective immediately. He will focus on business development and A&R in Latin territories around the world. The newly created role allows del Pilar to remain based in Puerto Rico.