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Executive Turntable: Moves at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Monotone, ASCAP & More

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Tom Kelly has been promoted to global chief financial officer of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company announced Thursday (April 11). Elicia Felix-Hughey has also been hired as the new senior vp global human resources. Both will be based in New York and report to chairman and CEO Jon Platt.

“I cannot overstate how happy I am that Tom has partnered with me as one of the senior leaders of this company,” Platt said in a statement. “The moment I knew I was joining Sony/ATV I recognized that Tom was the right person for this incredibly important role and I have no doubt that he will be a fantastic CFO for us. Tom is a forward thinker with nearly three decades of top-level experience in the industry and his financial knowledge will be an invaluable asset in helping to grow our business.”

“Elicia is an experienced and successful HR leader who has a real gift for balancing the critical needs of the business, with the needs of those who work for the company,” Platt added of Felix-Hughey’s hiring. “She has a human touch that people naturally gravitate towards and is the perfect person to lead the transition of the company.”


Monotone, Inc. has named Matt Pollack and Brett Williams co-GMs, while Brian Cross has been appointed Monotone’s head of live and touring, the company announced on Monday (April 8). Pollack will be based in New York and Williams in Los Angeles, with both co-GMs reporting to chairman and CEO Ian Montone.

“Matt and Brett work tirelessly for our clients and the company and bring so much experience and passion to Monotone,” said Montone in a statement. “This promotion is simply a validation of the leadership role they’ve been playing within the company for years.”

“In my time at Monotone, it has been a privilege to work with so many talented artists, helping them to realize their visions,” added Cross. “It has been equally gratifying to be part of a management team that supports both the artists in our roster and one another. I am deeply honored to be part of this group, and look forward to meeting the challenges and opportunities ahead.”


 

ASCAP has hired Ed Razzano as senior vp of administration services, the organization announced Tuesday (April 9). Razzano will report to Nicholas Lehman, ASCAP’s chief strategy and digital officer, and lead operations and strategy of Songwize, the company’s royalty administration arm.

“Ed’s deep background in music rights management will be a major asset for Songwize,” said Lehman in a statement. “We’re excited to bring him on at this time of growth and opportunity for the platform.

“Songwize provides an invaluable service for rights holders and digital music services,” added Razzano. “I’m excited to build on this essential business which ensures that songwriters and publishers can have confidence that their performances are processed and paid with the same trusted standards and systems that ASCAP uses to pay its members.”


Nana Carmen Ashhurst has been named chairwoman of the board for the Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM), the organization announced Tuesday (April 9). As chairwoman, Ashhurst will serve as the public face of the museum, as well as oversee its development and operations.

“I am delighted to have Nana Carmen Ashhurst in the role as the museum’s chairwoman; she is the best and most qualified to serve in this capacity, said UHHM executive director Rocky Bucano in a statement. “Nana’s strong leadership skills and philanthropic experience are just what the UHHM needs as we prepare to break ground later this year.”


FBMM has promoted Brad Akin and Betsy Lee to the position of associate business manager, the company announced Tuesday (April 9).

“Brad has been a dedicated member of the FBMM New York team since he arrived 10 years ago,” said Carmen Romano, owner and vp of FBMM. “He is an incredible advocate for his clients and their overall financial well-being. His mindset toward growth and development is infectious to all who work with him. I’m proud of his well-earned promotion and look forward to the years ahead.”

“Betsy is an incredibly valuable part of the FBMM family,” said Julie Boos, owner and chairman of FBMM. “Not only is she the financial watchdog for every aspect of her clients’ fiscal world, but she also does a fantastic job at keeping her clients informed every step of the way. I’m excited to see her grow in her new role and continue to be a great representative of FBMM to our clients and the music industry.”


Universal Music Canada announced the promotion of Amy Jeninga to vp digital strategy on Tuesday (April 9). She will report to executive vp and general manager Kristen Burke.

“Amy’s career to date has been incredibly impressive,” said Burke in a statement. “She’s a smart, sharp strategic thinker, always looking for the next big idea and ready to forge new partnerships that are mutually beneficial for our artists and partners. Her firm grasp of the inner workings of the business and her creative and strategic approach makes her the perfect person to take our digital strategy portfolio to the next level.”


Tiffany Wiggers has been promoted to the role of manager at O’Neil Hagaman, LLC, the firm announced on Tuesday (April 9).

“The combination of Tiffany’s education and 15 years in business management have uniquely prepared her to be a strong advocate of the firm’s clients,” said O’Neil Hagaman partner Lillian Williams in a statement. “She is an exceptional talent who understands the complexities of our clients and works tirelessly to represent our firm and clients with integrity while helping them meet and exceed their financial goals.”


Big Night Entertainment Group (BNEG) announced Tim Bonito's hiring as vp talent on Tuesday (April 9). He will be based at the company’s Boston headquarters.

“Tim has been a great partner for BNEG since 2011 and we are thrilled to welcome him to the team as vp of talent,” said BNEG principal Randy Greenstein. “Tim shares our passion for great music and entertainment. With Memoire and Big Night Live debuting in 2019, we’re more committed than ever to bring world-class talent to New England and put Boston on the national radar as a nightlife destination.”


On Wednesday (April 10), AWAL announced Delpine Ferre's hiring as marketing director of the Kobalt recording company’s France division. She will be based in Paris.

“As AWAL continues to grow, it’s important that we have a leading team in France, which is one of the most robust music markets we’re working in,” said U.K. and international GM Paul Trueman in a statement. “It’s crucial that we invest in strong leadership and Delphine embodies that perfectly. She is highly respected in the industry and has a proven record of success. We are thrilled to have her join our team and are beyond confident in her ability to support our artists and label clients in France.”


Downtown Music Holdings announced Wednesday (April 10) it is expanding its global leadership team with the hiring of Anne-Taylor “AT” Adams as senior vp global communications and David Dormon as legal counsel and director of acquisitions

Adams will be based in New York and report to CEO Justin Kalifowitz, while Dormon will report directly to Downtown general counsel Pete Rosenthal.

“I am thrilled AT is joining Downtown at such a transformational time in our industry, said Kalifowitz of Adams’ hiring in a statement. “Her thoughtful perspective and strategic experience from across entertainment and technology make her an invaluable addition to our global leadership team, an important partner to all of our portfolio companies and a tireless advocate for the creators we serve around the world.”


The Press House has hired April Dickey as a new PR director, the company announced Wednesday (April 10). She will be based in the company’s Nashville offices and report to CEO Dawn Kamerling.

"I am thrilled to have April join our team at the helm of the Nashville office, said Kamerling in a statment. “The Press House is celebrating its 18th year in business this month, and I am excited to work side by side with April, her roster and her amazing energy."


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