Executive Turntable: New Hires at Spotify, Republic Records, Def Jam, Library of Congress and More

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A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including at Spotify, Republic Records, Madison Square Garden, Library of Congress, and more.

-- Dave Rocco has joined Spotify as the new Head of Artist Marketing in the U.S. He will be based in Los Angeles and work closely with the broader Spotify marketing team. Previously, Rocco has held A&R positions at Epic Records, Atlantic Records, and Westwood One. He spent the past four years with Deutsch as EVP, Music Creative Director, in which his clients included Target, Taco Bell, VW, Dr. Pepper and others.

-- Universal Music Group has announced a joint venture with Petrol Records that will allow for a newly immersive INXS experience. The partnership will produce new audio releases, feature films, theatrical productions, live events and fan conventions. This new venture helps realize the "Band to a Brand" strategy that Chariman of Petrol Records' Chris Murphy created in 2009. 

-- Republic Records has restructured its promotion department and added several new key executives, including: Lucas Romeowho made the move to Republic from Epic Records two years ago and is now Director, Top 40; Christian Taylor has now been appointed as Director, Adult Formats, and previously worked at Interscrope/Geffen/A&M; Pamela Sikora, who worked at CBS Radio New York for five years before coming to Republic in 2014, has been promoted to New York Regional; Chelsea Colvin has been appointed as Southwest Regional after moving to Republic from Capitol Records; and finally Jason Charles, who has transitioned from the Digital Marketing Department to the Promotion team where he now holds position of Manager. 

-- Def Jam Recordings has appointed Henry "Que" Gaskins as Executive Vice President, Strategic Marketing. He has previously held similar positions at Nike, American Eagle Outfitters, and Reebok, where he transformed the shoe company to a lifestyle brand.

-- Music programming brand Izo has hired Jason Hargrove as the new Head of Original Programming. Hargrove has 14 years of prior experience from working at Fuse Media, Machinima and MTV Networks. 

-- Rich Claffey has been named Senior Vice President and General Manager of Madison Square Garden. Previously, Claffey has worked as a venue consultant for various clients including MSG, in which he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of both Theatre Operations and Rockette Operations. His initial start with MSG was as a stage crew member in 1983.

-- Samantha Fink has been hired as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Universal Music Group. She has previous leadership experience at Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Prada USA Corp., and James Perse Enterprises. She had an early entrance into the marketing industry with positions at Yves Saint Laurent Beaute and Clarins Paris. 

-- Kate Zwaard has been names Chief of National Digital Initiatives at the Library of Congress. Prior to this position, which appoints Zwaard as leader of innovation and promotion of digital resources, she was product manager for digital repository development at the Library. 

-- Zach Katz the recently appointed President of U.S. repertoire and marketing for BMG, has joined the National Music Publisher's Association's Board of Directors. Katz is now the second most notable addition to NMPA's Board, following the previous appointment of Jon Platt, Warner/Chappell Music Chairman & CEO.





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