The Latest Industry Gigs: Copyright Royalty Board, LiveXLive, TaP, Sentric, AWAL, More..

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Here’s a recap of recent executive shuffles — including both hirings and in-house promotions — from across the music industry.

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We begin at the U.S. Copyright Office, where Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden slotted Steve Ruwe as the latest Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) judge.  So far, it looks like major DSPs like the guy: “He will be a tremendous addition to the Board and we congratulate him on his appointment,” DiMA emailed Digital Music News this morning.

Also this morning, LiveXLive Media is preparing to announce that CNBC cofounder Bridget Baker will be joining their board of directors. Baker is also the former president of content distribution at NBCUniversal, and will head LiveXLive’s compensation committee, according to details shared with DMN.

Elsewhere, TaP Music announced that it has promoted Wendy Ong to president of both TaP Records and TaP Management. In 2018, she joined the company as head of marketing, and she now will direct all label and management activities at the company’s U.S. offices.

Over at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Dana Baxter has been named Senior Vice President, Corporate Communication.

The Fader Label has also announced 3 hires: Carson Oberg has become the company’s general manager, Josh Hymowitz has become its label coordinator and Yasmine Panah has become a project manager. Oberg will also work as an artist manager at the company.

Berklee College of Music announced that its longtime president, Roger H. Brown, will step down from his role on May 31st of 2021. Brown has been president of the prestigious performing arts school since 2004, and amazingly, he is only the 3rd president in the school’s 75-year history. No replacement for Brown has yet been announced.

AWAL has promoted Aaron Bogucki as its vice president of marketing at the company’s U.K. office. They have also promoted Nicki Shamel as the company’s vice president of digital sales & account management in the company’s North America office.

Spirit Music Group has appointed Nancy Matalon, who is a longtime A&R executive, as vice president of A&R. They have also hired Tamar Wax as its senior director of Film/TV and promoted Melanie Santa Rosa as its senior vice president, global administration.

Lastly, Sentric Music Group announced that Rosie Hill, who began working at the company in 2017, has been promoted to global head of synchronization. The company has also promoted Patrick Cloherty, who has been with the company since 2012, as the head of U.K. synch services. The company has further hired Ryan Williams-Reid as a synch executive while promoting Laura Duke as a synch assistant and Philip Morris as a synch executive.