Layoffs took place this week at EMI Music Canada and Universal Music Canada in the wake of the approval of Universal's purchase of EMI in September. The number of people let go was unconfirmed at press time, but a source told Billboard.biz the number was under a dozen, including some part-time staff, and that both labels were affected.
Included in the layoffs were director of national media & artist relations Charlotte Thompson, a 17-year veteran of EMI, and Anastasia Saradoc, director of national media & artist relations/corporate communications, who had been with EMI for more than 15 years. Also told this week that they will be leaving the company between this Friday and March were national promotion director Mike Rice, A&R/business affairs director Raine Munro-Wozniak, national sales director Greg Malta, creative services manager Michelle Holtzkener, key account manager Ken Witt; digital key account manager Iris Piko, and promotions and sales rep Marc Perry.
No names have been disclosed from the Universal side, but the company did provide Billboard with the names of its new senior executive team, solidified yesterday with the appointment of former EMI execs Fraser Hill to senior director, A&R and Paul Shaver to vice-president, artist marketing.
The pair will be joining Shawn Marino, vice-president, publishing / A&R; Tyson Parker, vice-president corporate communications / national media & artists relations; Voula Vagdatis, senior director, human resources; Paul Jessop, vice-president, national promotion; Kristen Burke, senior director, brand & strategy; Adam Abbasakoor, vice-president, national sales; Jon Box, vice-president, business development; Mark Jones, senior vice-president finance & administration; and Steve Teixeira, vice-president, business affairs.
Reps for both labels declined Billboard.biz's requests for comment.