The Recording Academy has made several key appointments, including vice president promotions and a new executive director for its Pacific Northwest chapter.

The Recording Academy has made several key appointments, including vice president promotions and a new executive director for its Pacific Northwest chapter.

Ben London fills the latter post, joining the Academy from the Experience Music Project, where he was senior curator of public programs. In his new Seattle-based role, he will develop education and advocacy initiatives and put on special events in the region.

Daryl Friedman, senior executive director of the Academy's Washington, D.C. chapter since 1997, is promoted to VP of advocacy and government relations for the organization. Friedman will work with Congress on behalf of the Academy and develop summits to address issues important to the industry.

Los Angeles-based Doug Gore, a 13-year veteran of the Academy, is upped to VP of asset management and production, in charge of maintaining and licensing the Academy's media archives. Gore most recently held the post of senior director of the Academy's awards department.

Michele Rhea Caplinger and Jon Hornyak, executive directors for the Academy's Atlanta and Memphis chapters, have each been upped to senior executive director of their respective chapters.

Gore reports to Recording Academy president Neil Portnow. Caplinger, London and Hornyak report to Nancy Shapiro, BP regional management. Friedman reports to Shapiro in his senior executive director role, but on national advocacy issues, he reports to Portnow.

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