Executive Turntable: Moves at Big Machine Label Group, Pandora & Live Nation

Christine Salomone
Courtesy of Big Machine Label Group 

Christine Salomone

Big Machine Label group, home to artists like Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line and Reba McEntire, announced Monday (May 21) the addition of Christine Salomone as VP, strategic partnerships. Salomone is a global marketing leader with more than 15 years of entertainment and content experience in New York, Sydney and Los Angeles. She joins BMLG from her previous role as director of branded entertainment at NBCUniversal.

“I am energized to work with a genuine, smart, fast-paced team that has the ability to make bold moves,” said Salomone. “I welcome the opportunity to bring fresh perspective to innovate and evolve partnerships that will form meaningful connections between brands and BMLG chart-topping artists.”



Pandora announced Monday (May 21) that Lauren Nagel will be promoted to VP, executive creative director. As VP, Lauren will be responsible for overseeing Pandora’s creative offerings in an increased capacity, elevating and applying the unique learnings of storytelling on the Pandora platform across the brand and original content offerings.  

Nagel has created more than 2,000 custom ads each month for over 4,000 clients like General Mills, California Closets and Audible. Last year alone, Nagel helped produce and creatively direct over 26,000 audio ads and 8,000 visual assets.

She is also the co-chair of Pandora Women, the longest-running employee resource group at Pandora, and held speaking roles at events like Silicon Valley Recruiter Association’s Diversity and Inclusion program, the Berkeley Haas School of Business Women in Leadership conference, SXSW, VoiceCon and Creative Mornings.



The leading live entertainment company Live Nation announced Friday (May 25) that James Smith has been hired to the Japan team as VP, touring and festivals. Smith is a seasoned talent buyer, who has previously booked Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, and The XX for Fuji Rock, Japan’s largest outdoor music festival. He will be based in Tokyo and report to Live Nation Japan president, John Boyle.

"James's knowledge of Japan's music industry runs deep, and he has a true passion to unite artists with fans, existing and new," said Boyle. "His dedication and expertise makes him the perfect addition to Live Nation's team to help us expand our business as we continue to meet the growing demand for international concerts in Asia. I can't wait to see what amazing shows we create together for the people of Japan thanks to his extraordinary vision."


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