Executive Turntable: Moves at Universal U.K., Warner Bros., Downtown, Twitter & More
A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including Genius, New West Records, Warner Bros., BMG, Universal U.K. and more!
-- Brendan Frederick will join Genius as director of content, responsible for developing the brand’s strategy across editorial, social, and video. In his new role, Frederick will drive the creation and distribution of all content on Genius and its platforms, from its online crowd sourced knowledge project to the company’s mobile apps and social media channels. Frederick previously served as VP at COMPLEX.
-- New West Records appointed Mike Fabio as director of digital marketing and publicist Jake Lanier as manager of media relations. Both will be based at the label's recently opened Nashville office. Fabio will spearhead all online initiatives, including digital marketing strategy, advertising and the label's social platforms. Lanier will assist with all publicity efforts, including national, regional and online.
-- Warner Bros. Records appointed Larry Mattera to the newly created post of EVP, commerce, digital marketing & strategy. Mattera joins WBR from WEA, Warner Music Group’s global artist and label services arm, where he was most recently SVP, head of global digital accounts.
-- BMG elevated Keith Hauprich to deputy general counsel, rising from his role as VP, business & legal affairs & A/V business development.
-- Universal Music U.K. promoted Jack Fryer to the new role of director of audience research & planning. Fryer joined Universal Music U.K. in October 2013 as head of insight, having spent two years in the same role at EMI Records. He was previously a strategist at marketing agency FRUKT.
-- Cumulus Media hired Stephen Giuttari as program director for Country station WFMS 95.5 in Indianapolis, replacing Scott Lindy, who moves to Atlanta as program director for Country-formatted WKHX-FM (KICKS 101.5) and as corporate program director for Cumulus. Greg Frey moves from his WKHX program director position to Cumulus Corporate to serve as the newly named corporate program director.
-- Downtown Music Publishing announced an expansion of its global sync licensing team: In Los Angeles, Rachael Kruk was named manager, creative services, and in New York, Cabrea Casey was named creative associate.
-- Twitter announced that co-founder Jack Dorsey will be the company’s new permanent CEO, with revenue and partnerships chief Adam Bain to serve as COO.
-- WQHT (Hot 97) New York air talent Miss Info (born Minya Oh) announced her exit from the station after 10 years.
-- Crowdmix named Rob Wells, former head of digital for Universal Music Group, global chief commercial officer and CEO of the Americas.
-- Warner/Chappell Music elevated Jon Platt to CEO, effective Nov. 1. Current chairman/CEO Cameron Strang will step down in May 2016 to focus on his role as chairman/CEO of Warner Bros. Records.