Executive Turntable: Superfly Hires Jennifer Justice, Kobalt Elevates Ryan Wright and More
A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including Superfly, Universal Music, Rhino, Kobalt and more.
-- Superfly, the producers of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, named former Roc Nation executive Jennifer Justice as its first ever president of corporate development. Justice will be responsible for driving, evaluating and executing new business development initiatives, including partnerships and acquisitions at the live experiences company. Justice joins Superfly from Roc Nation where she rose to executive vp of strategic marking and business development. She also spent 17 years as the personal entertainment attorney for Roc Nation founder Jay Z.
"Superfly's visionary and entrepreneurial team has evolved the world of live experiences to create some of the most standout cultural staples of our time and I'm excited to play a leading role in propelling our reach even further," Justice said in a statement.
-- The European Arenas Association appointed Nancy Skipper as its new general manager. Nancy comes to the EAA following a stint as administrator to the executive for the National Arenas Association for 8 years.
-- Gear Publishing Company (Bob Seger) named Mike Boila vp.
-- Universal Music’s Decca Classics appointed Alexander Buhr as managing director. Buhr was previously managing director of Mercury Classics, which he will continue to run as it becomes part of the Decca Records Group.
-- Rhino Entertainment named Patti Coleman svp and head of business and legal affairs. Coleman was previously svp and head of business and legal affairs at Warner Bros. Records. During her eight years at WBR, she worked with many cornerstone artists for the label including Fleetwood Mac, Green Day, and R.E.M.
-- Kobalt elevated Ryan Wright to chief marketing officer. Wright will oversee marketing, communications and client experience for Kobalt and its brands. Prior to Kobalt, he was svp of global marketing for Sony Music, leading Sony’s marketing teams and global superstar releases around the world.
-- Attorney Sonya N. Pierre joined Phillips Nizer LLP’s Entertainment Law practice. Pierre will counsel music, film, television and sports clients.
-- Matthew Lazarus-Hall announced he will stand down as CEO and co-director of Michael Chugg’s Chugg Entertainment. He will continue to run the CMC Rocks QLD festival operations, and will also stay on in his leadership and operational role with Laneway Festival across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
-- Natalie Jamieson exited BBC Radio 1 after 14 years and where she most recently served as senior entertainment reporter/presenter. She will join Bauer as entertainment and lifestyle content director.
-- Renata Muniz joined Epic Records as senior director of publicity. She previously held the same title at Def Jam Records.