Executive Turntable: Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Nashville, Warner Bros. Records, Crush Music & More
Sony Music Entertainment announced the promotion of Kirit Joshi to the role of senior vice president & chief information officer on Friday (Oct. 19). He will be based in New York and will report to Carmine Coppola, executive vice president and chief financial officer.
In the new position, Joshi will oversee Sony Music Entertainment’s worldwide information security and technology (IS&T) operations, including the global applications and infrastructure organizations, application security compliance, as well as the regional IS&T organizations.
“Kirit is a highly experienced technology executive with a long track record of success in helping lead Sony Music’s technology strategy around the world, and in creating successful industry partnerships and collaborations for driving digital standards and sharing technology capabilities,” said Coppola in a statement. “He is the ideal choice to head the IS&T team as we further advance our technology capabilities globally.”
“I would like to thank Carmine for this amazing opportunity at a time when technology and innovation is at the center of the business,” added Joshi. “I look forward to working with Carmine, Sony Music’s business leaders, and the many talented people in the IS&T organization around the world, as we continue to expand Sony Music’s digital and technology capabilities for the benefit of our users, including our artist community.”
Before the promotion, Joshi most recently served as the SVP of worldwide IS&T, where he was responsible for implementing global standard IT systems around the world. He has been with the company for 25 years.
Warner Bros. Records announced on Monday (Oct. 15) that Eesean Bolden has been promoted to SVP of A&R. The promotion was announced by Aaron Bay-Schuck, co-chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. Records.
“Eesean has done an incredible job of developing an artist roster of budding global superstars and he’s truly earned this promotion,” said Bay-Schuck in a statement. “He is the first of many exciting moves as we build our A&R team into the very best and most creative force in the industry. Our commitment to artists will be stronger than ever.”
“Since arriving at Warner Bros. Records two years ago, it has been my mission to sign, develop and break a diverse group of exceptional, culturally relevant artists in the urban space,” added Bolden. “This label has long been known as an artist-driven company, and that feels even more true today. I want to thank Max Lousada, Aaron Bay-Schuck, Tom Corson and the fantastic WBR team for their support of our artists and their music. I feel incredibly excited for the future and I look forward to delivering more hits!”
Bolden spent two years as VP of A&R before his promotion and has been responsible for signing artists like Lil Pump, YFN Lucci and Saweetie. Bolden began his major label career at Capitol Records, where he signed multi-platinum rapper Silentó.
Jim Catino has been promoted to EVP, A&R, at Sony Music Nashville, Chairman and CEO Randy Goodman announced Thursday (Oct. 18).
In the new role, Catino will continue to report to Goodman, signing and developing artists with Sony Music Nashville's three labels -- Arista Nashville, Columbia Nashville and RCA Nashville -- and, overseeing the A&R team. Catino previously held hthe position of SVP, A&R.
“Jim is one of the most respected A&R professionals in the business," said Goodman in a statement. "His passion, dedication to our artists, and his ability to build a team that shares his commitment and vision has been central to our ongoing success and the mission of always leading with great music.”
“What strikes me most, is how thankful I am to work with great talent: Randy Goodman and the professional SMN staff, the exceptional A&R team, and with our outstanding roster of artists," added Catino. "I enjoy being part of building successful careers and developing exciting new talent and I’m looking forward to what’s ahead in my new post.”
Prior to Sony Music Nashville, Catino previously held posts at DreamWorks Music Publishing, Giant Records and MCA Music Publishing. At each company, he worked closely with songwriters and secured copyrights.
Universal Music-owned UK dance label Positiva Records announced on Thursday (Oct. 18) that Jason Ellis has been promoted to managing director. Ellis remains in his role of A&R director for Virgin EMI Records.
Ellis first joined the EMI sales team in 1995 before moving to London as A&R manager for Positiva in 1999.
Virgin EMI President Ted Cockle said in a statement, “Even though the parent company has evolved through several guises, Jason has at all times remained focused on identifying the very best records, and alongside the teams that he nurtures so well, has helped deliver hits consistently across the years."
Ellis added: “2018 has been a great year for Positiva, with three huge hits over the summer and a wide reaching anniversary campaign that has given us the opportunity to remind everyone of the contribution the label has made to dance music culture over the last 25 years.
“I’m proud to have helped keep Positiva on the frontline for so long, with thanks to Ted Cockle, everyone at Virgin EMI and Universal who have enable us to regularly keep breaking dance tracks and artists worldwide,” he continued.
Lauren Reynaldo will join Crush Music as head of sync, it was announced Thursday (Oct. 18). She will be based in Los Angeles and well report to Chief Marketing Officer Dan Kruchkow.
“Lauren’s unique taste in music fits in just right with how we think at Crush,” said Kruchkow in a statement. “Her great attitude and creativity are making this partnership a big winner.”
Reynaldo has spent the last decade creating music moments across many media platforms, including TV, film, ads, videogames and more, with songs from Major Lazer to Bon Iver. She most recently worked at the Secretly Group.
Cashmere Agency announced on Monday (Oct. 15) that William Petersen has been appointed to the SVP of social. Petersen will be be in charge of the strategic development and execution of all social efforts and will spearhead the way the company approaches social media, creators and content to tell that brand’s stories. He will lead all digital and social initiatives for the agency on key accounts, which include YouTube, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Amazon and more.
“I’m excited to be an integral part of Cashmere’s growth,” stated Petersen. “My goal is to not only lead the outstanding social team but to also provide Cashmere inroads into brands and verticals that can further contribute to our expanding industry and pop culture footprint. I couldn’t be happier to be on board.”
Merlin announced four appointments on Thursday (Oct. 18) to their member services, legal and business affairs teams.
Emma Robinson joins Merlin’s London team as member services manager. Robinson will be the first point of contact for Merlin members’ day-to-day interactions.
Poppy Waring has been promoted to member services assistant at Merlin London from her previous general assistant role. Robinson and Waring will both report to Tom Deakin, Merlin’s director of global member services.
Bela Zecker will be joining Merlin New York as member services and operations manager, Americas, with a heavy focus on the Latin American markets. In the newly created role, she will grow membership in the Latin American region as well as helping to maximize the value of member participation in agreements across all Latin American markets. Leeza Panayiotou also joins Merlin’s London office as the manager of legal and business affairs.
“I am delighted to welcome Bela, Emma and Leeza to Merlin, and to announce a well-deserved promotion for Poppy,” said Charles Caldas, CEO of Merlin. “This investment in our staffing will allow us to do that. Wherever in the world they are based, our continued goal is for Merlin members to derive the maximum impact from our global licensing partnerships and to help grow their digital business.”
Superfly -- the marketing an event company behind music festivals such as Bonnaroo and Outside Lands -- announced Friday (Oct. 19) that it has appointed Stacy Moscatelli to EVP of brand marketing.
In the new role, Moscatelli will oversee all consumer marketing for the Superfly brand, its properties, programs and clients. As part of the position, she will lead the strategy, development and implementation of marketing and media for the company.
“As we continue to expand our offering and portfolio of experiences, we’re looking for expert talent to support our growth,” said Jonathan Mayers, co-founder of Superfly, in a statement. “Having worked with Stacy over the years at Adult Swim, we know first-hand the ways in which her creative thinking can transform brands and we’re excited to have her joining our leadership team.”
"As a client, I worked with Superfly for many years and together we brought a number of incredible projects to life. I've always been impressed by Superfly's imaginative approach to creating flawlessly executed experiences." added Moscatelli. "I'm thrilled to be joining this passionate and creative team and look forward to elevating the Superfly brand even further.”
Eddie Levy, Sr. is joining City Winery as the national director of marketing for all of the properties. He will depart as director of marketing and product management from Fearless/Razor & Tie, where he worked for the past five years.
“After almost five years of working with the best indie rock label and some of the freshest artists, I am incredibly excited to head to City Winery and be part of the team as they continue to grow nationally and internationally,” said Levy, Sr.
He continued, “City Winery provides so many marketing and partnership opportunities as they touch on so many aspects in the culinary, wine, private events and of course their music programming across six, and soon to be seven, markets across the country. Growing City Winery’s retail wine program, putting its culinary program on the map and building on the multi-city City Winery tours are just some of the things I look forward to working on.”