Ron Fair has returned to the record-label business. In his new role as chief creative officer/executive VP of Virgin Records, the major-label veteran and producer will work alongside recently hired GM Ashley Burns (left, with Fair) to build an approximately 12-person A&R/marketing team and sign artists across all contemporary music genres. "It's going to be the rebirth of a great brand without the shackles of the past," says Fair, who reports to Capitol Music Group chairman/CEO Steve Barnett. Virgin will be housed on the 12th floor of Hollywood's Capitol Tower and include a recording studio, Fair says, noting that positions are open for A&R representatives and assistants. The label's debut release will be a new album by 30 Seconds to Mars this spring. Fair's most recent role as a consultant to Irving Azoff and Front Line Management has ended. "But the lifelong friendship continues," he says. Burns previously served as executive VP of North America for EMI.
Sony Music Entertainment and Ultra Music have formed a globe-spanning strategic partnership. Ultra Music president Patrick Moxey has been named president of electronic music at Sony Music.
Capitol Music Group promotes Greg Thompson to executive VP. He was executive VP of marketing and promotion at EMI Music North America.
Wind-up Records names Tom Lee senior director of A&R. He was A&R manager at Mercury Records.
Live Nation names Becky Relic senior VP of government relations. She was head of federal government affairs for eBay's North America government relations operation.
The Orchard appoints Naomi Moran GM of the United Kingdom and Europe. She was GM at World Circuit.