Latest Industry Gigs: Def Jam, SOCAN, Recording Academy, More

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Music industry mainstay Snoop Dogg has joined Def Jam as executive creative and strategic consultant. Photo Credit: Def Jam

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

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Def Jam Recordings

Def Jam has hired Snoop Dogg to fill the newly created role of executive creative and strategic consultant.

Additionally, the Universal Music Group subsidiary has elevated 18-year Def Jam vet Nicki Farag to general manager and EVP.


Jean-Christian Céré is set to join SOCAN as chief membership officer on Monday, June 28th, while Vanessa Thomas will start as the Canadian PRO’s VP of member and industry relations on Monday, June 14th.

Next, Alan Triger, who worked for Warner Music Group for over a quarter of a century, has become head of SOCAN’s recently created strategic solutions and analytics team.

Lastly, SOCAN COO Jeff King (a 20-year organization vet) has departed the PRO – “following a re-organization of much of SOCAN’s operations, the decision was made to remove the COO role” – as has 12-year SOCAN vet Geneviève Côté.

Recording Academy

The Recording Academy has elected four national officers: musician Tammy Hurt (chair of the board of trustees), songwriter and producer Rico Love (vice chair), music-industry veteran Om’Mas Keith (secretary/treasurer), and Swan Songs founder and CEO Christine Albert (who will remain on as Chair Emeritus).


iHeartMedia has added former Walmart Mexico higher-up Graciela Monteagudo to its board of directors.

Motown Records

Motown has hired former Atlantic Records and Asylum Records marketing exec Jamila Thomas as VP of artist marketing.


MonkingMe has promoted chief content officer Ivet Anoro to CEO.

Arista Records

Nick Petropoulos, who previously served as Glassnote Entertainment’s head of promotion for nearly 12 years, has become SVP and head of promotion for the Clive Davis-founded Arista Records.


Marian Lee Dicus, who was hired by Spotify in 2013 and became global co-head of music in February of 2020, will join Netflix as VP of marketing for the U.S. and Canada in July.

Seven Seas Music

Seven Seas has hired Matt Favazza, who was Victory Records’ music-licensing specialist for a decade, as senior manager of creative services.