Executive Turntable: Appointments at Pandora, Genius, ASCAP & More

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General view of Pandora at SXSW 2015.

-- The Corporation of Massey Hall, Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall, have appointed Jesse Kumagai as director of programming, marketing & business development, starting July 4, 2016. He previously worked at the corporation from 2003 - 2014, and most recently served as vice president of talent at Live Nation Canada. 

-- Manager Dave Wallace will join the senior management team at Three Six Zero, bringing along his roster of artists that include You Me at Six and Bat For Lashes, along with fellow managers Graham Brown and Ed Morford. He most recently led the company The League International, which he started in 2012, and was previously in management at Wildlife Entertainment and an agent at Primary Talent. 

-- Pablo Munguía has been appointed to director of the master of music production, technology, and innovation program at Berklee's campus in Valencia, Spain. The engineer and producer has been nominated for 16 Primetime Emmy Awards and won five times in the category of Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety Series or Special. A Berklee College of Music graduate himself, Munguía has assisted producers and engineers such as Quincy Jones, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and David Foster.

-- Universal Music Publishing Group (UMG) has appointed Ana Rosa Santiago to a new role of VP of Latin music. She previously served at ASCAP for 18 years and ran the PRO's operation in Puerto Rico and Caribbean. She also has signed artists and songwriters such as Daddy Yankee and Tito El Bambino.

-- Rich Castillo has been appointed to senior A&R manager for Polydor Records in London. He returns to the UK after serving two years as A&R director at Universal Canada, and was previously head of A&R for UMTV and All Around The World Records.

-- Sony Music UK has promoted Michael Smith to executive vice president. Smith was first named svp of legal & business affairs at Sony Music in 2006. He holds more than 25 years of experience in music and entertainment law, recently leading the legal side of deals that include Simon Cowell and Syco Entertainment’s long-term partnership extension. In addition, Sony Music UK has promoted David Turnbull to svp of legal and business affairs and Andy Young to vip of legal and business affairs for RCA and Syco Music. Turnball served as vp since 2006, and Young as director since 2008.

-- Adam Parness will join Pandora as head of publisher licensing and relations, starting in July of 2016. Previously he served as the principal content acquisition manager at Amazon and vp of music licensing at Rhapsody. 

-- Online music licensing and processing platform Armonia has appointed Virginie Berger as their first CEO. She is the founder of DBTH, a Paris-based consultancy for technology and media businesses, and previously worked for Microsoft NRJ and Myspace.

-- ASCAP has promoted two licensing executives; John Bonaccorso has been promoted to vice president of licensing customer experience, and Todd Oliver was elevated to vice president of sales operations. Bonaccorso was previously the senior director os customer service, and Oliver joined ASCAP in 2010 and became senior director of sales operations last year. 

-- Jia Zhang-ke, an award-winning Chinese film director, has been appointed to patron of The Audiovisual Campaign, an international movement that aims to provide screenwriters, audiovisual creators and directors the same un-assignable right to remuneration from the success of their works. His films have garnered numerous honors, most famously for Still Life which took the top Golden Lion award at the 63rd Venice Film Festival, and in addition he has also been appointed as one of CISAC's four vice presidents.

-- Allied Hispanic, a division of Allied Integrated Marketing, has hired Stephany Echepetelecu to lead marketing strategies for current clients. She will also broaden the division’s entertainment roster to include TV networks and musicians who are looking to expand their reach to Hispanic audiences. Echepetelecu previously served at FOX and RCN's Spanish Broadcast Television Network, MundoFOX, along eight years at AA Music Management.

-- Lauren Nostro is joining Genius as music news editor, departing from her recent position as managing editor for Complex Music, in addition to Billy Disney, who joins as head of video and previously served as creative lead of video at .Mic. Ken Patridge, a music writer and contributor for  Billboard and The AV Club among other publications, also joins as an editor. 

-- Warner Music has announced that Chris Ancliff will take on the additional role of evp for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, as he oversees the key emerging markets.

-- Universal Music UK has promoted Rob Fleming to svp of international marketing. He has been part of the team for over 10 years and played a key role in the global campaigns for artists such as Amy Winehouse and Metallica

-- Huib Schippers has been named the new director & curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, becoming the third director since it began in 1987. He is currently a director of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre in Australia and will replace Daniel E. Sheehy, who will retire after 15 years.

-- Bucks Music Group has launched a new management division that will be headed by Anthony Hippsley, who formerly served at Big Life and Split Management.  He brings with him producer and writer Jordan Riley who has been working with UK artists  that include Leo Standard and Callum Scott. 

-- Donna Caseine is joining Reservoir Media publishing firm as senior vp of creative and A&R, overseeing the company’s West Coast creative operation. She was formerly svp of U.S./International creative affairs at Universal Music Publishing Group. 

-- Marni Halpern has been appointed to the newly created post of svp of promotion for Caroline, the Independent Services and distribution division of Capitol Music Group (CMG). She joins the company from RED Associated Labels (RAL), where she was responsible for their pop promotion in North America.

-- Brandon Stosuy announced his exit from Pitchfork, where he served as director of editorial operations, to join Kickstarter.