The Recording Academy has restructured two positions in a move that has resulted in the departure of longtime New York executive director Jon Marcus.

The Recording Academy has restructured two positions in a move that has resulted in the departure of longtime New York executive director Jon Marcus.

The Academy has eliminated both Marcus' role and the executive-director position in Los Angeles. Instead, the body is creating regional executive director posts for the East and West, based in the two cities. The regional execs will oversee programs for members within their regions who are not served by existing Academy chapters.

With the departure of Marcus, a search for both regional execs is under way. The L.A. executive-director position has been unfilled since Angelia Bibb-Sanders was promoted to VP of member services last year.

"We want to serve communities outside the previous reach of our chapters, because there is such a vibrant music community everywhere from Hawaii to Las Vegas to Kansas City to New Orleans to Boston," says an Academy spokesman. "We want to spotlight and help those music professionals as much as possible."

He adds, "We're looking for someone with high-profile music-industry contacts who can cultivate sponsorships and produce events."

Both directors will report to Nashville-based Nancy Shapiro, VP of regional management.

The remaining 10 executive directors continue in their chapter posts. They represent Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Memphis, Nashville, Pacific Northwest, Florida, Texas and Washington, D.C.

Marcus had been with the Academy for nine years.