Music Industry Hires: Hybe, SOCAN, Warner Chappell Music, More

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Longtime SOCAN employee Jennifer Brown, who’s officially become CEO of the PRO, following a more than year-long stretch as interim CEO. Photo Credit: SOCAN

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

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Hybe (formerly Big Hit Entertainment) CEO Bang Si-hyuk is stepping down from the post – though he’ll continue to serve as a music producer and as chairman of the company’s board. Former Hybe HQ CEO Park Ji-won, who joined the company in May of 2020, will replace the Big Hit/Hybe co-founder as CEO.

Additionally, Scooter Braun and Yoon Seok-jun will become co-CEOs of Hybe America, with Han Hyun-rok heading the newly established Hybe Japan.


SOCAN has elevated 26-year organization veteran Jennifer Brown – who started as interim CEO in April of 2020 – to CEO on a permanent basis.

Warner Chappell Music

Warner Chappell has named former Activision Blizzard higher-up Jenni Pfaff SVP, head of global strategic integration and operations, and hired WarnerMedia vet Jesse Dang as SVP of people.

Motown Records

Former Capitol Music Group and Sony Music exec Brian Nolan has signed on as EVP and EVP of marketing for Motown Records.


StagePilot has brought on former Warner Music and Ticketmaster team member Melanie Macaulay as VP of strategy and business development.

Mass Appeal

Former YouTube A&R pro Jessica Rivera is now Mass Appeal’s GM of music, whereas WMG and Apple Music veteran Jenya Meggs is the company’s SVP of content.


Jonathan Aitken, who’s been part of PRS for Music’s legal department for more than 12 years, has become a director for MCPS-PRS.


Big Deal Music pop A&R coordinator Christian Johnson has been promoted to senior director of A&R for Hipgnosis.

One Response

  1. Dean Hajas

    PRO’s perform a disservice to creators Dylan. Canada specifically is a backdoor for sub-publishers to exploit creators out of Royalties in a grand scheme. Neither CIPO (Canadian Intellectual Property Office) nor SOCAN take audio sample during song registration. What are the chances of a sub-publisher finding, and reverse engineering a track from reverberation, and registering through SOCAN to obtain an ISWC for a song that has had a variance to title added only, but the majority of the track, arrangement, melody and structure is exactly the same? Do you think this may be contributing to the “Orphaned Royalty” pandemic that is happening? After SOCAN through CISAC licenses music through reciprocal agreements through say SINGAPORE – COMPASS, who are known world wide to be licensing music to radio stations, t.v. and airlines, without acknowledging the owner of the S.R. They pay what they want, when they want with zero check points in place by any Gov. agency. Then off to Switzerland to SOCAN owned Mint Digital Licensing with offices in Ontario Canada and Nashville. There they can’t correlate Royalties to owners, and after almost 2 years with the cooperation of the big 5 banks, send back to ASCAP 25% lions share of 13.4 Billion Euro. ASCAP can’t figure out who owns all that money, who do they call on ..? SOCAN / Eric Baptiste / Jeff Price…Now Jennifer. They can’t correlate the Royalties to the owners…I guess if you just make acquisitions down in the U.S.A. with the money transferred, you never have to declare it to the CRA as landed income into Canada do you? Hence, Orphaned Royalties, it’s literally in a black box named the MLC.
    When the music industry is ready for a shake down, they especially the PRO’s they start acting a lot like record companies. Oh ya…when did we star employing A & R reps for PRO’s? Just a joke of protectionist circumventors with a propensity to steal from unknowingly creative beings.