Executive Turntable: Moves at Vevo, Mojo Music, iHeartMedia & More

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Vevo has named Laurie Zeleny as its new svp of people, the company announced Tuesday (May 21). Zeleny will spearhead Vevo's global people strategy and all facets of acquiring and developing the company's talent.

"Laurie's skillset and experience across media and technology sectors was exactly what we were looking for," said Alan Price, Vevo's CEO. "Our people are the key to the success of our business and I look forward to Laurie joining the team to help us continue on our mission of growing the commercial and promotional value of music videos."

"I am thrilled to be joining the team at Vevo," Zeleny added. "Vevo plays such an integral role in the consumption and monetization of music videos globally; ensuring that we secure and develop the right talent across our company will be key to keeping us on this path."

On May 21, iHeartMedia announced media industry veteran Kareen Chin has been named senior vp and head of investor relations, effective now. Chin will be based in New York and will report to Rich Bressler, iHeartMedia, Inc.'s president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer. 
“We’re extremely pleased to have someone with Kareem’s extensive financial background and industry knowledge to help reintroduce the equity world to iHeartMedia and tell the story of iHeart’s leadership in audio as we prepare to list on the NASDAQ exchange,” said Bressler. “Kareem is both well-known and well respected in the investment and media communities, which makes him the perfect person to work with both our new shareholders and the equity analysts who will now cover us.”
“This is an extremely exciting time for iHeartMedia and for the financial community overall,” said Chin. “The company continues to cement its position as the leading multiplatform audio company and I’m excited to be able to share the details of the company’s financial evolution and growth with investors, analysts and shareholders.”

Mojo Music & Media has appointed Lisa Macy as its new senior vp creative, the company announced May 21. Macy will report directly to the company's co-founder and CCO Pete Shane in her newly created role. 
“Success in sync licensing is all about expertise, integrity, relentless drive and, above all, relationships, and there’s no one out there who has the love and trust of the media community more than Lisa,” Shane said. "We’re thrilled to have her join the Mojo team in this crucial role, expanding the job and rewriting the rules in this wildly exciting time for creativity across all media.”

Jodie Shihadeh has been named a partner at The Davis Firm, PLLC, it was announced May 20. Prior to her new role, Shihadeh served as an associate and managing attorney at the firm since joining in 2011. 

"Jodie has embodied the firm’s founding ethos, which was to create an environment of integrity, loyalty, drive and kindness," said Doug Davis, the founder and owner of The Davis Firm. "Jodie has not just carried the torch of the firm’s founding philosophies, but she has helped shape and enhance what it has become today. This announcement is, therefore, well earned and a proper return on the rewards she has given both to the Firm in more than half of the Firm’s existence, and for all to come in its very bright future." 

On May 21, Songtrust announced it appointed Lara Baker as its director of business development for the U.K. and Ireland. Baker will report to Molly Neuman, Songtrust's global head of business development. 

“The UK is a critical music market for the songwriting community and the ever growing independent music sector deserves access to global music publishing now more than ever,”  Neuman said. ”It is increasingly urgent that Songtrust as a company is actively engaging with the music community of songwriters, producers, managers, labels and those who work with them. I’ve had the pleasure to work with in many capacities over the years, and there is no one more aligned with our company’s mission than Lara. I’m thrilled to have her join our team.” 

Global content studio Gunpowder & Sky announced May 22 it has appointed David Gale as the company’s executive vp of development and production. In his role, Gale will develop and produce content including movies, shorts, series and specials across all platforms. He will assume his new duties on June 1, reporting to the company's CEO, Van Toffler

“Van and Floris have made a big, bold move to build a new and unique studio with Gunpowder & Sky,” Gale said. “In a very short time the company has become a home for the next generation of talented creators and has built a distinctive brand in key genres. Working in this arena has always been where my passion lies, and I couldn't be more excited to join them."

On May 20, Bernstein Private Wealth Management announced Daniel Weisman has been appointed as a vp and financial advisor. Based in the company's Nashville office, Weisman will report to managing director Adam Sansiveri

“As we continue our growth in Nashville, I couldn’t be more excited by the level of talent we’re discovering,” said Sansiveri. “Dan has established himself as a trusted advisor, with deep financial knowledge and success as an entrepreneur, but he also brings an authenticity and intellectual curiosity that will serve to deepen our relationships with local clients.”

“I am thrilled to be part of the Bernstein team in Nashville and continue to build a practice in this diverse and lively city of culture and music,” Weisman added. “We are committed to delivering rich opportunities along with an unparalleled level of service, expertise and sophistication to our clients and the greater community.”