Ron Spaulding, the former president of Fontana who exited the company after its acquisition by INgrooves last year, has been tapped as Capitol Music Group's new senior vice president of sales. In his new position, Spaulding will implement the Group's sales and retail marketing strategies, incorporating those plans into the efforts of Universal Music Group Distribution as well as managing Capitol's interaction with UMGD. Spaulding has relocated to Hollywood, CA and will work out of the Capitol Tower.
In a statement Greg Thompson, Capitol Music Group's executive vice president, said of Spaulding: "Ron's many years of experience in sales, distribution and label operations make him the perfect person to lead Capitol Music Group's commercial strategy in the years ahead. His passion for music and relentless energy demonstrate why he will be an invaluable member of our team as we invigorate the company with new leadership and a clear vision for success. I'm thrilled to have Ron by my side and congratulate him on this appointment."
"I am honored to have the privilege to work with Steve Barnett and Greg Thompson as we reenergize Capitol Music Group and restore luster to Capitol, Virgin and the other great labels within the company. Capitol's legacy includes some of the all-time most impactful moments in music, and with this incredible new team in place, we'll be working with our artists to create even more history in the years ahead," Spaulding wrote.
Previously, Spaulding was the concurrent EVP and general manager of Asylum and EastWest Records, SVP of sales at Warner Music Group's distribution arm WEA and SVP of sales at Elektra.
In the wake of UMG's purchase of EMI late last year, Capitol Music Group has undergone a flurry of top-level executive hires over the past six months, including the appointment of Steve Barnett to CEO and chairman, naming Greg Thompson as EVP and bringing in former Disney executive Todd von Mende as CFO.