Executive Turntable: Moves at UMPG, YouTube, RCA Records & More

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David Kokakis

Universal Music Publishing Group announced Thursday (June 26) that David Kokakis has been elevated to the newly created role of chief counsel. Kokakis will continue leading UMPG’s business and legal affairs team and the company’s digital rights management in Santa Monica, and will report to Marc Cimino, COO, UMPG.

“In this elevated role, David will be strategically positioned to help Universal continue to stay ahead in providing UMG’s songwriters and artists with best-in-class service in maximizing royalty streams in the modern-day music industry," Cimino said in a statement.

In his prior role as executive vp of UMPG’s business & legal affairs, business development and digital, Kokakis helped shape the company's international digital strategies and business development initiatives, and oversaw deal negotiations, government relations and litigation matters. Moving forward, Kokakis will also work closely with UMG's family of labels, where he'll work to improve and optimize the synergies between publishing and recorded music, and streamline digital revenue for both.

UMG general counsel/executive vp of business & legal affairs Jeff Harleston, to whom Kokakis will also report, added: “David’s deep expertise across the legal, international and digital business will be a tremendous asset as we develop collaborative strategies between publishing and recorded music. By coordinating these efforts, we hope to unlock new commercial opportunities for recording artists, songwriters and catalogs."

Victoria Campoamor has been promoted to global head of publishing strategy and operations at YouTube. In her new role, she will be based out of New York, rather than London, from where she previously operated.

Prior to this promotion, Campoamor worked as the head of music publishing partner operations, YouTube and Google Play. In the past, she has also held the positions of head of music partnerships for Europe/Middle East/Asia at Google Play and director of operations and IT at PRS For Music.

RCA Records President David Dollimore announced Tuesday (July 24) the promotion of Parris O’Loughlin Hoste to the role of senior urban artist manager, as well as a string of strategic appointments on the label.

The other moves include Minnie Harding, who joins the label as artist influencer marketing & strategy; Whitney Asomani and Tasha Demi joining as marketing managers; and Sej Jheeta as artist strategy manager. Additionally, Feo Ogunfidodo joins as audience development manager, Ore Olukoga as A&R scout and Netanya Pilikian rounds out the hires as marketing assistant.

“I’m delighted to have such an exciting, dynamic, creative team, who not only live and breathe music, but who bring a fresh and diverse skillset to RCA," Dollimore said in a statement. Their raw passion and hunger for success is infectious. They will define the future of the company.”

Los Angeles Philharmonic CEO Simon Woods announced Thursday (July 26) that Philip Koester has been hired as vp marketing and communications, effective Sept. 10. He will report to COO Chad Smith.

Koester’s responsibilities in his new role include leading and managing all marketing, communications and sales operations. He will be leaving the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, where he has been in charge of marketing and communications initiatives since 2012.

“I am very excited to join the team at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing success of this dynamic organization,“ Koester said in a statement. “I’m especially energized to arrive as the 100th season gets underway. In my new role, I look forward to building meaningful relationships between the LA Phil and communities throughout the great city of Los Angeles and Southern California.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Phil to the Los Angeles Philharmonic,” added Woods. “His experience both in Chicago and Los Angeles, his understanding of digital marketing and his commitment to reaching audiences across traditional social boundaries make him the perfect person to lead the LA Phil’s audience building into a new era.”

Guitar Center announced Tuesday (July 24) that Anne Buchanan has been appointed as senior vp human resources and chief human resources officer. She will be responsible for leading human resources strategy for the instrument retailer in an effort to attract and retain a diverse workforce.

Buchanan’s credentials include leading human resources strategy at Global Brands Group, as well as a decade-long tenure as senior vp human resources at BCBG Max Azria Group.

“We’re honored to welcome Anne to the Guitar Center family,” said Guitar Center Inc. CEO Ron Japinga in a statement. “I’m confident that her enthusiasm, expertise and understanding of our long-term business goals will further develop Guitar Center’s amazing culture and bright future ahead.”