Executive Turntable: Moves at Atlantic, SoundExchange, Rough Trade and BBR Music

Ian Cripps
Courtesy of Atlantic Records

Ian Cripps

Ian Cripps has been promoted to vp of A&R at Atlantic Records, where he'll continue to work with a label roster that includes D.R.A.M., Sturgill Simpson and "iSpy" breakout star Kyle. Cripps join Atlantic in 2014 (from Laffitte Management Group) and was most recently senior director of A&R at the storied Warner Music imprint.

"Ian is the consummate A&R person, with the rare ability to identify and nurture great artists across a diversity of styles," said Atlantic Chairman & CEO Craig Kallman. "Since coming on board three years ago, he has done everything from shepherding multi-platinum rap hits to working closely with country stars. He’s a tremendous asset to the Atlantic A&R team, and we’re very happy to recognize his exceptional talent and wide-ranging accomplishments with this richly deserved promotion."

BBR Music Group announced a series of promotions at the BMG-owned label group, namely that Lexi Willson will take over as director of regional promotion (West Coast) from Byron Kennedy, who shifts to vp of promotion for Stoney Creek Records. Also on the move: Matt Holmberg will succeed Willson as Promotion Coordinator for Red Bow Records and Wheelhouse Records, and Devin DeToro has been hired as Senior Manager of Marketing.

SoundExchange announced the appointment of several music publishers to the board of directors at SXWorks, its newly formed music rights management service for publishers. SoundExchange, led by Michael Huppe, launched SXWorks after purchasing CMRRA, the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency, in May. Joining the board are Peter Brodsky, executive vp, business and legal affairs at Sony/ATV Music Publishing; David Kokakis, evp/head of business and legal affairs, business development and digital at Universal Music Publishing Group; Clark Miller, evp, North America operations at Warner/Chappell Music; Neville Quinlan, managing director, peermusic Canada; and David Renzer, chairman/CEO of Spirit Music Group.

Epitaph's senior vp of business development Dave Hansen has been chosen to replace Beggars Group founder Martin Mills as chairman of the Merlin board. Replacing Hansen in his old role as general manager at Epitaph (and -Anti) will be Matt McGreevy, previously a director of marketing along with Hope Selevan, who has bumped up to vp of marketing and digital strategy at the label.

Alisa Ben has joined Select Management Group, a digital-first talent management company, as vp and head of operations. Most recently, Ben served as head of strategy and revenue at Rostrum Records, and before that, held management positions at Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, MTV and AOL Music. Select oversees the careers of several top digital creators including LaurDIY, MyLifeAsEva, Gigi Gorgeous and more.

Rough Trade Records appointed Melanie Sheehan as their new U.S. Label manager. Melanie has been with the Beggars Group since the fall of 2014 in the role of product manager, where she has overseen campaigns for dozens of artists across the labels including Spoon, Yo La Tengo, Julien Baker, Car Seat Headrest, Grimes, Kamasi Washington, Kaytranada and unique releases from Sigur Ros, Scott Walker, and Frank Ocean.

Michael Alexander was named executive vp, International for Def Jam Recordings, Island Records and Republic Records. A UMG stalwart, Alexander has played a key role in releases from Justin Bieber, Drake, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande and many others.

Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which oversees programming and operations for Barclays Center and Webster Hall, has made two key hires for its marketing and programming departments. Elizabeth Brooks recently joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer and Marilyn Hauser will become senior vp of programming for Barclays Center.

Def Jam announced that Noah Callahan-Bever has been named executive vp of brand strategy and content, working with the label's senior executive team and reporting directly to Paul Rosenberg beginning at the top of 2018, when the latter executive takes over from outgoing CEO Steve Bartels.

Mike Curb has consolidated Curb Records and Word Entertainment to create Curb/Word Entertainment. CEO of recorded music and publishing Jim Ed Norman will oversee the streamlined organization with four executives receiving new Curb/Word titles: senior vp revenue and marketing Benson Curb, senior vp marketing Jeff Tuerff, senior vp promotion Ryan Dokke and senior vp A&R Bryan Stewart.

Music Matters, a student-run nonprofit at the University of Michigan that hosts SpringFest, has formed a board of advisers with nine appointments. The board of advisers will include: Gary Gersh, global president of talent at AEG Presents; Scott Heydt, CEO of HeydtAir; Sherrie Schwartz, chief human resources officer at CAA; Mike Muse, co-host of Sway in the Morning on Sirius XM; Jason Schulweis, vp at MediaLink; Peggy Burns, senior vp philanthropy at the Henry Ford Health System; Phil Deloria, professor at the University of Michigan; Dave Bartlebaugh, vp at Aerial Productions; and Phillip Schermer, founder of Music Matters.


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