Executive Turntable: Moves At iHeartMedia, Plus Hires at SoundCloud, Downtown & More
iHeartMedia tacks a four-year extension on to Darren Davis' role as president of both iHeartMedia Networks Group and its fast-growing music platform iHeartRadio.
Under the long-term contract extension, Davis will continue to oversee the media giant's iHeartRadio Network, Premiere Networks, Total Traffic + Weather Network and the NBC News Radio Network, along with iHeartMedia's in-house audio and visual creative agency.
A radio and media veteran, Davis celebrates his 25th anniversary with the company next month, having began his career in 1992 as an intern at iHeartMedia's Adult Contemporary WASH-FM in Washington, D.C.
"We’re pleased that Darren will continue to lead the integration of our Networks group that enables iHeartMedia to harness the unparalleled power, reach and scale of our digital and broadcast platforms,” said Bob Pittman, chairman and chief executive officer of iHeartMedia, Inc., in a release.
More moves in the biz:
-- Leading independent music distributor The Orchard recruits Ken Seki for the newly formed position of director, Japan. In his new, Tokyo-based role, Seki will manage relationships with local artists, labels and retailers. Seki comes from 25 years of experience in the Japanese music and entertainment business, working with companies like YUI Music Factory, MTV, Sony and Marvel Entertainment.
-- With a fresh round of funding secured, SoundCloud taps former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor to succeed Alex Ljung as chief executive, while Michael Weissman is named the music streaming service's chief operating officer.
-- Independent music rights company Downtown makes two major hires in its U.K. market, naming Daniel Lloyd Jones svp, global creative services and head of U.K. A&R while tapping Jacque O’Leary for the role of senior A&R manager. Jones hails from Sony ATV, where as vp of of A&R/new music he signed and developed artists like Taio Cruz, and O’Leary was previously the creative director for Roc Nation’s joint venture with Warner/Chappell in London.
-- Guy Ngata leaves Eden Park stadium in his hometown of Auckland, New Zealand to join Dubai Arena as general manager.