Most recently worked as indie mktg consultant.

Derek Simon has been named senior VP of marketing and artist development at Nashville-based independent label Equity Music Group. He has been working as an independent marketing consultant for the label since 2004 through his company, Elemental. Prior to that, he was VP of marketing at Universal Music Group Nashville.

Before his move to Nashville, Simon was senior director of marketing at Universal Records in New York. His background also includes stints as VP of marketing and promotion for Roadrunner Records and associate director of marketing at Columbia Records in New York.

Equity's roster comprises founder Clint Black, along with Little Big Town, Mark Wills and newcomers Carolina Rain and Laura Bryna.

Simon will continue to work on select outside projects with his Elemental partners in addition to his Equity duties.