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Gail Samuel, incoming President of the Hollywood Bowl and COO of the LA Phil Association
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Gail Samuel, incoming President of the Hollywood Bowl and COO of the LA Phil Association

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

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Kobalt founder Willard Ahdritz will be exchanging his CEO role for that of chairman. Laurent Hubert, who has been part of Kobalt since 2016, will replace Ahdritz as CEO.

Motion Picture Sound Editors

Mark Lanza has been elected by his fellow members to serve a two-year term as president of the Motion Sound Editors. Additionally, Steve Urban and Jeremy Gordon have been named secretary and treasurer, respectively.

Hollywood Bowl/Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

Gail Samuel, a 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, has been promoted to president of the Hollywood Bowl and COO of the LAPA.

ICM Partners

Andrea Johnson, who joined ICM in 2001, has been promoted to partner in the concert division. Courtny Catzel, Shade Grant, Di Glazer, Craig Shapiro, and Howie Tanenbaum, were also named partners.

New York Knicks

United Masters founder Steve Stoute has been brought on as a brand ambassador for the New York Knicks.


KCRW veteran Anne Litt has been promoted to the newly created program director of music role, while Paul Bennun and Drew Tewksbury have been brought on as chief content officer and director of digital content, respectively.

Warner Records

Former Capitol Music Group and Epic Records exec Darren Baber has been hired as senior vice president of media and strategic development at Warner Records.

MTV, VH1, CMT, and Logo

Amy Doyle, who was hired by Viacom in 1999, has announced that she will step down as the general manager of MTV, VH1, CMT, and Logo this spring.

Doyle’s duties will be split between Nina L. Diaz, who oversees programming for MTV, VH1, and Logo, and Tanya Giles, who manages Comedy Central, Paramount Network, and TV Land.


Spotify has promoted Paul Vogel to CFO. Vogel joined the company four years ago and previously led the Investor Relations and Financial Planning and Analysis departments.

Rothenberg, Mohr & Binder

Tiffany Almy, who joined the music legal firm at its inception, has been promoted to partner.

Warner Chappell

Ayla Owen, who had been with Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) for 15 years, has been tapped to serve as vice president of sync and creative services at Warner Chappell’s London offices.

Metal Blade Records

Tracy Vera, whose career with Metal Blade Records spans 30 years, has been promoted to president. Also, Heather Parsons, an 18-year Metal Blade employee, has been named general manager.