With the dismantling of Arista underway, senior VP of sales Jordan Katz has been promoted to executive VP/GM of BMG Distribution. He succeeds Pete Jones, who plans to retire March 31 as president/CEO

With the dismantling of Arista underway, senior VP of sales Jordan Katz has been promoted to executive VP/GM of BMG Distribution. He succeeds Pete Jones, who plans to retire March 31 as president/CEO BMG Distribution and Associated Labels. Jones has run the distribution operation for 17 years.

New York-based Katz will report to Charles Goldstuck, president/COO of BMG North America.

Katz will oversee BMG Distribution's day-to-day operations, with senior VP of finance and operations George Clyne, senior VP of marketing and branch operations Bob Morelli and senior VP of sales Rick Wilcoxen all reporting to him.

Katz has held a variety of sales and retail marketing positions since joining Arista Records in 1987. He had been senior VP of sales since 1999.