Executive Turntable: New Hires at Warner Music, Plus Moves at Live Nation, Domino and More

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Warner Music UK CFO Peter Breeden communications? SVP Mel Fox will assume new chief duties as part of the company’s efforts to strengthen its management team. Breeden will double up his executive duties as the chief operating officer, while Fox takes on the role of chief transformation officer. Both Breeden and Fox will report to Max Lousada, who becomes CEO of recorded music at Warner Music Group on Oct. 1.

Breeden, a three-decade veteran of the music business, started as part of the Atlantic Records team in 2001, overseeing various financial operations there and at Warner Music International before landing at WMUK in 2012 as its finance director. Fox, who had previously worked with The Walt Disney Company and Yahoo!, has been with Warner Music International since joining on as VP of corporate communications in 2006.

“Peter and Mel are helping us achieve our collective ambition by pioneering new practices, expanding our expertise, and working hard to deliver outstanding results,” said Lousada in a statement. “Having dedicated his professional career to music, Peter is a wise, experienced and trusted advisor to me and our label heads, and he’ll do a tremendous job evolving our central operations so we're even more responsive to the needs of our artists. Through her experiences in a wide range of industries, as well as her contributions to Warner during a decade of disruption, Mel has become an inspiring leader and an insightful, inventive agent for change. I’m very happy to announce these important promotions and look forward to working with Mel, Peter and the wider team as we chart the future of WMUK.”

More moves in the ‘biz:

--The Feldman Agency appointed Don Simpson as its chief operating officer, working closely with TFA’s chairman Sam Feldman and president Jeff Craib. Since starting MCA Concerts Canada in 1990, Simpson has been an established figure in the country’s concert promotion circles. He returns after selling the company and relocating to New York in 2007, where he worked for Madison Square Garden Entertainment and AEG/The Bowery Presents

--Lesley Olenik has exited her senior talent-buying position Goldenvoice and AEG Presents to become vice president of touring at Live Nation. She will report to Omar Al-Joulani, the company’s SVP of touring. A recipient of Billboard's 40 Under 40 award in 2016, Olenek brings in nearly a decade of experience working on promotions for high-profile performances with Adele, Radiohead and Tyler, the Creator.

--The FADER magazine announced to internal promotions: senior writer Rawiya Kameir to new deputy editor, and night editor Olivia Craighead to associate social media editor. As members of the editorial team, both will be reporting directly to Duncan Cooper, who was named The FADER’s editor-in-chief in May. Prior to her promotion, Kameir had previously served as a cultural editor for The Outline. Craighead brings to her position experience as a freelance writer, earning bylines in Buzzfeed, VICE and Glamour.

--Entertainment One (eOne) Global Music promoted Michael Olsen to executive vice president of music operations, business and legal affairs. Olsen, previously serving as senior vp of business development, will continue to report to eOne president Chris Taylor from his Nashville office. Olsen has been part of the eOne business unit since 2010, leading the company's Nashville labels and their acquisition of Dualtone Music Group in 2016.

--Domino Publishing Company has tapped Tavi Shabestari to be their head of West Coast A&R. Shabestari, who will be based out of Domino’s Los Angeles offices, joins the team of Susan Busch (director of A&R) and Carlos Lopez (A&R manager) in Brooklyn. Prior to her position at Domino, she held down A&R positions at Pulse, Control Group and BMI.

--Brian Offutt, a former executive at Combs Enterprises and Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video, joins on at strategic advisory firm MediaLink, stepping into the role of managing director of people and process. He will oversee the company’s efforts to develop and organize its growing client list. The New York-based Offutt will report to Michael Kassan, MediaLink’s chairman and CEO.


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