Executive Turntable: Ashley Calhoun Elevated at Pulse, Plus Moves at Nettwerk and Sony Music Nashville

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Ashley Calhoun

Pulse Music Group bumps up Ashley Calhoun from senior director to vice president of A&R. Calhoun, who has also served as creative director at Rondor Music Publishing, will build new initiatives in urban music and label services for Pulse clients while continuing to handle A&R for Starrah, DJ Esco, Dave East and other talents on her roster.

Calhoun was featured in Billboard's 2016 A&R Power Players list and has acted as a consultant on projects for Warner Music Group and Sony's Epic Records.

"In a very short time here at Pulse she has proven herself to be an invaluable partner, having earned tremendous respect within the Pulse family but even more consequentially within the larger music business," said Pulse co-CEO Scott Cutler. "She has been able to move the needle for her clients here in a meaningful way and we look forward to watching her continue to blossom in the future."

More moves in the biz:

-- Warner Bros. Records makes moves with the hiring of two respected marketing execs: Chris Atlas of Def Jam and Mark Flaherty of Interscope, who will take on the roles of senior vice president/head of urban marketing and senior vice president/head of marketing, respectively. Both will be based at Warner's Burbank, Calif. offices.

-- RRP/Atlantic Records ups Tommy Nappi to senior vice president of promotion.

-- Scott Stachelski accepts a promotion to vice president of finance with Sony Music Nashville.

-- David Renzer, who joined the Spirit Music Group as chairman in January 2014, has added the CEO title to his portfolio of responsibilities. In his position, Renzer will work closely with the company's financial partners to strengthen its global platform, grow the catalog and expand A&R outreach. 

-- Republic Records promotes Marisa Bianco to vice president of media.

-- Angus Blair joins Nettwerk Music group as U.K. director of creative/A&R. Most recently, he was vp of A&R at Global.

-- Big Loud hires John D'Amico as its regional promotions director, Midwest. He was most recently WDSY Pittsburgh promotion manager.

-- And finally, we hear there were some staffing shakeups at Pandora.