Executive Turntable: New Hires At National Music Publishers' Association, Plus Moves at Warner Chappell, Universal & More
The National Music Publishers' Association makes waves with two new hires and a promotion. Jonathan Cohen joins the trade association as vice president and senior counsel, along with Shannon Sorensen, who takes on vice president of government affairs and counsel.
“Jonathan’s experience couldn't be better suited for navigating the complex legal landscape that songwriters face in their fight for fair rates,” said association President & CEO David Israelite, adding, “Shannon has already achieved so much in a short time, and we greatly look forward to what she will accomplish at NMPA.”
From within the company, Katharine McClenny gets bumped up to director of communications and the association's Gold & Platinum Program. Here, she'll strive to expand the association's reach and build out the Gold & Platinum honors -- starting with the first annual Gold & Platinum Gala, which hits Nashville in October.
More moves in the biz:
-- Universal Music Publishing Group ups Kevin Cady to head of finance, the Americas and senior vice president of global business strategy. In his new roles, Cady will handle the company's financial operations in North America and Latin America and strategize with global teams.
-- Spring Aspers takes on a promotion to head of music at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where she'll handle all music-related elements of the company's film labels. Aspers got started in the music supervision industry working on the Coen Brothers' film The Big Lebowski, and has lent her talents to numerous film soundtracks since -- most recently that of Baby Driver, starring Billboard cover star Ansel Elgort.
-- Warner Chappell's UK team appoints marketing executive veteran Rob Owen to the newly created position of vice president, creative catalogue and marketing, where he'll be responsible for championing the company's songwriting catalogue. Owen joins with more than 17 years of experience in the music and entertainment industry, including work on campaigns for the likes of the Gorillaz, Queen and The Beatles.
-- Tonya Butler is named assistant chair of music business/management at Berklee College of Music, making her the first woman to hold a leadership role in the department.
-- BET Networks welcomes Viacom International exec Michael D. Armstrong as its new general manager, while longtime staffers Jeanine Liburd and Donna Blackman move up to chief marketing and communications officer and senior vp business operations, respectively.
-- Annie Lin exits cover song licensing and music rights mainstay Loudr to join the business and legal affairs team at Netflix as music counsel. Here, she'll negotiate licenses and support the company's global content production and distribution needs.
-- Big Deal Music shakes things up with the hiring of London-based Kate Sweetsur, named senior vice president of A&R/creative, and Joe Maggini, set to become vice president/head of global synch at the company's Encino, Calif. headquarters. Sweetsur got her start at London's Notting Hill Music and most recently served in the A&R/creative department at BMG, while Maggini was previously head of Format Music Solutions.
-- Todd Glassman is let go from his position as executive vp of promotion at Epic Records. The move follows the departure of CEO/chairman L.A. Reid in May.
-- Silicon Valley finance veteran Craig Foster joins live music streaming network LiveXLive as a director and head of the board's Audit Committee.
-- Brian Philips departs his position as president of CMT after 16 years at the network. Following the change, Frank Tanki is named general manager for CMT, in addition to his post at TV Land.