Executive Turntable: Moves at Columbia, Republic, Warner Music China & More

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Columbia Records announced Thursday (Aug. 23) that Ryan Ruden has been promoted to SVP, experiential marketing and business development.

In his new role, Ruden will pursue strategic marketing and business partnerships, driving revenue and innovation in artist development. Previously, he served as the VP of touring and events for the company. In 2017, Ruden was included on Billboard’s 40 Under 40 Power Players List.

“Ryan is a forward-thinking executive with a unique mix of experience and relationships in the agency, management, label and live performance sectors of the music industry,” said Stephen Russo, EVP and chief financial officer. “His passion for exploring how emerging technologies and innovating platforms can be integrated into marketing campaigns to redefine our relationship with live audiences and music consumers make him the ideal person to lead business development efforts for Columbia.”

“I want to thank Ron Perry and Stephen Russo for supporting the next phase of my career,” Ruden added.  “I am thrilled for the opportunity to find new ways to serve our artists and connect them with their audiences globally.”

Republic Records has promoted Donna Gryn to SVP of marketing on Thursday (Aug. 23). Gryn joined Republic Records in 2012, becoming VP of marketing four years later in 2016. She also notably received recognition in Billboard’s 2014 40 Under 40.

Gryn has been an instrumental component in the rise of pop powerhouses Ariana Grande, Hailee Steinfeld and Julia Michaels, each of whom have achieved multi-platinum status and success with Gryn as their guide. Gryn is also working with Rod Stewart on his upcoming album, Blood and Roses.

"Donna is the consummate leader. Her vision, foresight, and tenacity have galvanized the careers of countless artists. She consistently positions our acts ahead of the zeitgeist and at the forefront of an ever-evolving marketplace by way of inventive strategy and inimitable insight. It’s an honor to laud and celebrate her work with this promotion.” said EVP and General Manager Jim Roppo.

Previously, Gryn has held executive positions at Polo Grounds Music, Virgin Records and Star Trak Entertainment, as well as consulting for Epic Records before moving to Republic.

Warner Music China appointed Andy Ma as CEO and EVP Commercial and Business Development, Greater China on Wednesday (Aug. 22)

Ma will lead the label’s expansion in China, one of the world’s fastest-growing music markets. In his new role, Ma will report to Simon Robson, president, Warner Music Asia.

“Andy’s an incredible executive who has been instrumental in helping build the now thriving digital music market in China. It’s impossible to underestimate the importance of China to the future of our company and the wider music business,” said Robson. “Andy is well placed to drive our business there forward, making us the leading label in the country and ensuring out artists benefit from this market’s exponential growth.”

“I’m hugely excited to be taking up this position at a key stage in the development of the music market in China,” added Ma. “We’re working with a range of partners to help take our artists’ music to hundreds of millions of new fans. I think China’s got the potential to be a top five market within a few years and we’re set to be its leading label -- watch this space!”

Previously, Ma served as chief commercial officer for Greater China and SVP, commercial and business development, Greater China and Southeast Asia.

CAMI Music announced Thursday (Aug. 23) that veteran booking agent and artist manager Theresa Vibberts has been named VP of North America.

In her new position, Vibberts will lead the development of the CAMI Music’s North American business, in addition to her current duties of overseeing domestic booking operations and her management clients.

Since joining CAMI Music in 2011, Vibberts has notably developed the North American careers of numerous international artists and attractions such as Cameron Carpenter, Sir James Galway, Pablo Sáinz Villegas, Mummenschanz and others.

Most recently, Vibbers served as national director of booking and artist manager, guiding CAMI Music’s roster of artists, booking national tours, producing promotional assets and helping to build the careers of artists and ensembles in jazz, world music, classical music and more, the company said. She had held the position since 2016.

Downtown Music Publishing has appointed Peter Rosenthal as General Counsel on Tuesday (Aug. 21). At Downtown, Rosenthal will be responsible for worldwide legal and business affairs for Downtown Music Publishing, Songtrust and Downtown Music Studios. Rosenthal will oversee administration, license agreements and transactional matters.

“Peter's breadth of experience, coupled with his analytical nature and his easy way of managing people throughout the organization, has and will continue to have a profound impact on the success of our businesses," said Andrew Bergman, Downtown’s chief operating officer.

Rosenthal brings over 20 years of experience with entertainment client counseling, with additional experience in new media, technology and fashion and luxury goods industries.