Executive Turntable: Moves at Capitol, Facebook, the Recording Academy & More

Lars Rasmussen
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Lars Rasmussen at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California on Jan. 15, 2013.

A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including Facebook, Warner Music Group, MTV, StubHub, Fender and more!

Barb Dehgan left her post as vp communications at The Recording Academy. She had been with the organization since 2000.

Merlin appointed Chris Tarbet as technical operations manager. 

Former Verizon exec Erik Huggers was appointed president and CEO of Vevo, replacing Rio Caraeff, who departed late last year. 

Vevo's New CEO Erik Huggers on the Future of Web Video: 'There Is So Much More We Can Do With It'

Jane Dyball was named acting CEO of the Music Publishers Association, following former CEO Sarah Osborn's exit. 

Five Artists Management partner and owner Robert Messinger exited the firm to form Fortress Talent management, bringing with him Rich Jacobellis and Randy Gerston. 

Mitra Darab was named svp, marketing, at Capitol Music Group. She spent the past nine years as Warner Bros. Records' vp of marketing.

Facebook's director of engineering Lars Rasmussen exited the company to co-found a music startup with fiancé Elomida Visviki.

More: Facebook Engineering Director Departs for Music-Related Startup

Kurt Patat left MTV to join CMT as senior vp/head of communications.

Warner Music Group named Alix Kram vp global brand licensing. She joins from theKRAMcollective, a creative product and marketing agency that she founded.

Capitol Music Group named Mitra Darab senior vice president of marketing.

Twitter named Sunil Singhvi as its new director of music. He was formerly the company's U.K. head of entertainment.

William Morris Endeavor signed Run-D.M.C.'s Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons, his wife, Justine, and their children Russy and Miley.

The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan joined TNA Wrestling as senior producer, creative and talent development. Corgan will develop characters and story lines for the league's flagship Impact Wrestling program.

More: ?Billy Corgan Joins TNA as Senior Producer

The International Bluegrass Music Association's board of directors named Paul J. Schiminger executive director. He previously served as head of not-for-profit business development at Wilmington Trust (M&T Bank).

Cumulus Media announced a multi-year extension of co-founder Lew Dickey's employment agreement. Under the terms, Mr. Dickey will continue to serve as president and CEO, and a member of the Board of Directors, through 2018. Cumulus also announced that long-time director Robert H. ("Trey") Sheridan, III, will retire when his term ends at the 2015 annual meeting of stockholders. The Board has nominated Mary G. Berner, current president and CEO of MPA, to stand for election to fill the vacancy. Veteran media exec Jeffrey Marcus, currently Cumulus' lead director, was also appointed non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Fender Musical Instruments named Evan Jones as their first-ever chief marketing officer. He previously served as cmo of New Era Cap Co.

The National Association of Broadcasters' radio board chairman Don Benson named five appointees to the NAB Radio Board: Beasley Broadcast Group evp and cfo Caroline Beasley, Cumulus Media Inc.'s evp of content & programming John Dickey, Entercom Communications' cfo and evp of operations Steve Fisher, CBS Radio's evp of operations Scott Herman, and Connoisseur Media LLC's CEO Jeff Warshaw.

StubHub Canada appointed Jeff Poirier as its new Country Manager. He will replace exiting territory manager Anthony Lipschitz.

ASCAP re-elected Paul Williams as chairman and president of its Board of Directors – for the fourth time. The organization also re-elected composer/producer Doug Wood as writer vice chairman; Irwin Z. Robinson as publisher vice chairman; Caroline Bienstock as secretary; James M. Kendrick as treasurer, and Jody Gerson as a new publisher member.

Matthew Zelle was named executive vp at Park Avenue Artists. He also joins the executive team.


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