Executive Turntable: New Moves at Music Choice, INgrooves, The Recording Academy & More

Nadine Santos
Courtesy of Music Choice

Nadine Santos

A list of moves and shakes across the music business.

-- Music Choice has promoted Nadine Santos to Director, Programming & Artist Relations. In her new role, Santos will oversee the Programming Department.

-- Independent music distribution company INgrooves has appointed Ollie Buckwell as Senior Vice President of Business Development. Ollie will focus on generating new business deals and expanding partnerships with labels and artists around the world.

--Bryan Mead has been named Senior Vice President, Artist and Label Relations at Pledge Music. Most recently he served as INgrooves Music Group’s Senior Vice President, Label Services and Marketing and was a founding member of Universal Music Group’s Fontana Distribution executive team.

--The Recording Academy announced that Michael Lewan is the new Director of Government Affairs. Prior to joining The Recording Academy, Lewan served as Senior Manager of Government Relations for the National Marine Manufacturers Association. 

--Rich Cohen and Rich Schaefer formed a new company titled LoyalT Management. Previously at Mick Management, the duo formed the new company at the end of 2016

--Warner Music Group announced that Miles Beard and Jeff Vaughn have been promoted to Vice Presidents of A&R at Artist Partner Group/Artist Publishing Group (APG). 

--Gregg Nadel was recently named President of Elektra Records, a division of the Atlantic Records Group. Previously, Nadel was the General Manager of Elektra.

--Entertainment Intelligence director and digital consultant Sammy Andrews launched Let’s Be The Change, a new U.K.-based initiative aimed at increasing diversity at music industry conferences. The organization plans to create lists of potential speakers -- including women and people from diverse ethnic backgrounds -- and offer mentoring for people who wish to hone their public-speaking ability. The initiative has already received backing and/or endorsements from Live Nation, AIM, PRS for Music, the MMF, The Orchard and SheSaidSo.

-- Sean McDonough will join FM Entertainment as their new national talent buyer. Previously, McDonough was a Senior Talent Buyer for House of Blues Chicago.

-- Rough Trade Records expands their U.S. staff with the addition of A&R Ryan Naideau.

-- Rostrum Records promoted Jonathan Partch General Manager. Previously, Partch was the head of Marketing.

-- Adrian Strain, IFPI Director of Communications for 21 years, announced the formation of his own PR firm, Adrian Strain Communications.

--After five years, Perri Cohen departs from PR company Nasty Little Man. She is now the Director of Communications at Vice Media.

--Jeffrey Smith, founder of Crash Avenue (BRONCHO, The Milk Carton Kids) announced that the music publicity firm will be shutting its doors on March 1. Smith will join Discogs as Public Relations and Strategic Partnerships lead, while music publicist Spencer Scanlon will launch his new music PR firm Transmission Publicity, bringing along clients including Christopher Paul Stelling, Wolkoff, ACES and more.

--Deezer hires Pascal De Mul as Chief Partnership Officer (formerly Spotify’s Global Head of Hardware Partnerships) to head up international partnerships, and Daud Aditirto as VP of Asia Pacific (formerly Facebook’s Head of Growth Partnership and Internet.org) to grow Deezer’s footprint in countries across the region.


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