Executive Turntable: Big Departures at Spotify, New Chief Digital Officer at AEG Live and More

-- RED Distribution has appointed four new employees in an effort to expand and restructure its promotion department: Melanie Scull will take on the role of Vice President of Pop Promotion; Franco Iemmello will be Vice President of Rhythm Promotion; Chris Brown will be Southeast Regional Director of Promotion; and Brent Battles has been promoted to Senior Director of National Pop Promotion. The new team allows RED Distribution to become the only independent music company with single charting at every radio format. 

-- Motown Gospel has appointed Monica Coates and EJ Gaines to senior management positions. Coates will take on the role of Vice President of A&R while Gaines' new role is Vice President of Marketing. 

-- Judy Tint, a music attorney and social activist, has joined the Music Business Faculty at NYU Steinhardt. Tint will serve as the program's visiting professor for the 2016-2017 academic year. She has over 25 years of experience as an attorney, consultant and event producer, and is also a songwriter and musician.

-- Jeff Levick announced he has departed Spotify after serving five years as Chief Revenue Officer. In a blog post on Medium, Levick said he wasn't able to dedicate as much time needed for the job. "Working hard is hard work," he writes. "And, I truly believe if you want to be on a winning team, you need to be your hardest working self. So, in looking at another five years on team Spotify, it started to become clear that maybe a change is in order."

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-- Jonathan Forster has also left Spotify. Forster served as a sales executive and was also one of the company's longest-serving employees, as he was hired in 2007 before the platform launched. His roles at Spotify have included: General Manager of Europe, Managing Director of the Nordics, and most recently, Vice President of Sales for Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

-- UTA Music has welcomed Jordan Weissman into its Private/Corporate Bookings division, he will be based in UTA's New York offices. Previously, Weissman worked in the Music Partnerships group at Platinum Rye Entertainment.

-- Brooke Kain has been appointed to AEG Live's newly created Chief Digital Officer position. Prior to this position, Kain has served as Head of Digital Marketing for: Interscope Records, Beats Music, and Apple Music, iTunes.

-- Purple Entertainment has hired Chris Slade as its new Entertainment Publicist. Slade comes to the company from Universal's Polydor label. 

-- Live Nation has hired a General Manager for its new concert venue, The Pavilion at The Music Factory, which open Sept. 2017. Michael Riley has been appointed to the role. Riley has over 25 years of live entertainment experience, and comes to the company from the Arts Center Enterprises in San Antonio. 

-- Twitter has hired Kristin Binns as its new senior director and will oversee all of the company's coporate and consumer communications. Binns joins Twitter from health insurance company Anthem, where she ran communications following the Obamacare rollout.

-- Kevin Griffin, songwriter, producer, and frontman of Better Than Erzra, has been named Artist-In-Residence at NYU Tisch Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Additionally, he will serve as the department's guest instructor for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

-- John Langford has been appointed Vice President and General Manager of the London venue The O2. Prior to his new position, Langford has spent the past three years as director of live entertainment at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.


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