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Merlin Elevates Jim Mahoney to VP Global Operations

Jim Mahoney
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Jim Mahoney 

After five years at the helm of Merlin's U.S. operations, Jim Mahoney has been promoted to the newly-created role of VP global operations at the independent label organization.

Effective immediately, the appointment will see Mahoney take a prominent position in Merlin's senior management team where he will work alongside Charlie Lexton (CCO and general counsel) and Helen Alexander (CFO) in growing the company's international business. All three execs will report directly to CEO Charles Caldas, who is due to step down from his post at the end of the year.

"Jim has earned the respect of the entire independent music community," said Caldas about Mahoney, who joined Merlin in 2014 and was named in Billboard's 2019 Indie Power Players list.

In the half decade since launching Merlin's first New York office, Mahoney has overseen sustained growth in the world's biggest music market with the company's U.S. membership more than doubling in that time.

Paying tribute, Caldas said the exec's "hands-on approach" played a key part in the Merlin's success. His promotion to the New York-based role of VP global operations "ensures our worldwide network will grow even stronger in the months and years ahead," added the outgoing CEO.

Mahoney, who was VP of the Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and held exec positions at indie labels Fat Beats, Roadrunner and Profile prior to joining Merlin, said his life's work had been spent "supporting independent distributors, labels and artists and the music partners who value this community's work."

"As such," he said, "Merlin's mission is quite personal to me and it's with that great respect that I enthusiastically approach this new role."

Last month, Merlin -- which is head quartered in Amsterdam and has offices in London, New York and Tokyo -- announced it had paid out a $845 million to its members over the 2018/19 financial year, a 63% increase on the previous 12 months. $130 million of that record distribution pay out came from the sale of Spotify shares and various legal settlements.

Since its launch in 2008, Merlin's membership has grown to nearly 850 members, representing more than 20,000 labels and distributors in 63 countries, which it says collectively accounts for 12% of the global digital recorded music market. Members include Beggars Group, Domino, Eleven Seven Music Group, Kobalt Label Services/AWAL, Mad Decent, Secretly Group, Sub Pop, and Warp Records.


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