Music Industry Hires: Recording Academy, Hal Leonard, LiveXLive, BMG, More

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Music industry veteran Shane Cosme, BMG’s new SVP of international marketing for the U.S. Photo Credit: BMG

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

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Recording Academy

Valeisha Butterfield Jones and Panos A. Panay are set to begin as co-presidents of the Recording Academy on Monday, August 16th. Butterfield Jones will also continue to oversee diversity initiatives, whereas the Berklee College of Music exec Panay will simultaneously serve as chief revenue officer.

Hal Leonard

Hal Leonard has promoted Groove3 founder Asa Doyle to chief technology officer and tapped 19-year company veteran Chris Koszuta to fill the newly created position of VP of digital and e-commerce.

Warner Music Latin America

15-year Universal Music Group higher-up Alejandro Duque will begin as president of Warner Music Latin America “at the start of October.”


LiveXLive has hired former Epic Records VP of brand marketing Michelle Edgar as head of strategic partnerships.


BMG has elevated former Warner Bros. Records marketing exec Shane Cosme to SVP of international marketing for the U.S.

Live Nation

Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel has resigned from Live Nation’s board of directors.

Songwriters Hall of Fame

The Songwriters Hall of Fame’s board has unanimously reelected Nile Rodgers to a second three-year term as chairman of the 52-year-old organization.

Round Hill Music

Round Hill has promoted seven-year team member Bob Squance to senior director of A&R.

Sony Music Australia & New Zealand

Longtime SME Australia & New Zealand head Denis Handlin has exited, with information about his successor expected to arrive “in due course,” per SME CEO Rob Stringer.


Warner Music’s WEA has promoted Ernst Trapp to president of global e-commerce and retail. Trapp will continue serving as CEO of Lingen, Germany-headquartered EMP Merchandising, with Scott Cherkin filling the newly created role of SVP of audience strategy at WEA.