Music Industry Hires: Atlantic Records, Downtown, Ye, Hipgnosis, More

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Music industry veteran Aton Ben-Horin, Atlantic Records Group’s new EVP of global A&R. Photo Credit: Warner Music Group

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

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Atlantic Records Group

Warner Music’s Atlantic Records Group, including Atlantic Records as well as Elektra Music Group, has promoted 10-year WMG team member Aton Ben-Horin to EVP of global A&R. The former Ultra Music Festival exec Ben-Horin has also “launched a publishing partnership with Warner Chappell Music.”

Downtown Music Services

Downtown Music Services has upped former CD Baby exec Dan Miller to director of client services, while nearly seven-year Downtown vet David Labovitch has been elevated to content operations manager.

Utopia Music

Utopia has hired Jonathan Abon (formerly with HERE Technologies) as VP of product for distribution services, and Jordan Gremli (previously with DICE) has joined the company as VP of product for creator services.

Grandstand Media

Grandstand Media has brought on six-year Goldenvoice publicity manager Jessica Puchli as director of tours and festivals.


“YE, formerly known as Kanye West,” has hired Hollywood Unlocked founder Jason Lee, who assisted with the release of Donda 2, as head of media and partnerships.


Stem has tapped former Spotify product-marketing lead Charleton Lamb to serve as head of marketing.


Longtime Pamplona Capital Management partner Markku Lonnqvist is now Hipgnosis Song Management’s chief investment officer.

Commercial Radio Australia

Former Universal Music exec and current Digital Radio UK head Ford Ennals is set to replace Joan Warner as CEO of Commercial Radio Australia at March’s end.

Creative Artists Agency

CAA has hired former Nike higher-up Hilary Crane as chief legal officer.

Downtown Music Holdings

Downtown Music Holdings has added former SoundCloud chief revenue officer Alison Moore and former SESAC president Kelli Turner to its board of directors.