Kobalt Label Services (KLS) has appointed Tom Smith to the role of VP of sales and marketing.
Smith, who has served as a marketing, sales and business development consultant for Kobalt over the past year, will help grow the independent music company’s label services footprint on the west coast.
He will be tasked with conducting day-to-day business on behalf of KLS clients with national, physical and digital retailers including iTunes, Amazon, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Anderson, Google, and other non-traditional and indie retailers, and he will pursue strategic brand partnerships for KLS artists that connect with retail.
In his new post, Smith works alongside Shari Segalini, Kobalt’s senior VP of sales, North America and he continues to report to Diarmuid Quinn, president of KLS North America.
“Tom is a dynamic executive who has delivered incredible results and support for Kobalt artists since the launch of KLS,” Quinn comments in a statement. “His relationships with our retail partners and our artists runs deep, and we’re excited he has agreed to come on full time as part of the rapidly growing KLS team.”
Smith has worked in executive roles for more than 20 years, including stints with major labels. He began his career with Capitol Records, before joining RCA Music Group as senior director sales. During a 12 year run with RCA, Smith managed national campaigns for major acts including Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Christina Aguilera, Tyrese, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Kings of Leon, Velvet Revolver, Rod Stewart and Maroon 5.
He held a similar position at Hollywood Records where he was part of the team that launched such artists as Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. Prior to joining Kobalt, Smith was head of sales and brand partnerships for New Heights Entertainment.