Executive Turntable: Moves at SoundCloud, Alamo Records, BBR Music Group & More
SoundCloud has appointed Gilles BianRosa to chief product officer, the company announced Wednesday (June 5). Based in the company's Berlin headquarters, BianRosa will report directly to SoundCloud's CEO, Kerry Trainor.
"Gilles' deep experience building interactive content experiences, his passion for music and clear understanding of SoundCloud's unique ecosystem perfectly positions him to lead the strategy and vision for SoundCloud's next wave of products and services to empower creators to connect directly with listeners, first on SoundCloud," Trainor said. "I couldn't be more excited to welcome him to the team."
“Ask any music lover what they think of SoundCloud, and their eyes light up. The way people discover the music they love, and the way artists find their audience are both changing rapidly," added BianRosa. "SoundCloud is uniquely at the intersection of these disruptive trends, showing the way. I’m thrilled to join the team and continue building products and features that support this global ecosystem of creators and listeners.”
J.R. McKee has been named head of digital sales and revenue at Alamo Records, it was announced June 5. In his new role, McKee will oversee streaming strategy, marketing and interfacting with Alamo's partners at the DSPs.
“J.R. is a great addition to the company and brings a wealth of knowledge from his background as a manager and label owner,” said Todd Moscowitz, owner and CEO of Alamo Records. “His entrepreneurial spirit makes him a natural leader for our revenue and streaming initiatives.”
“Both Todd and Joie [Manda, evp of Interscope Records] have seen me grow up in this business,” added McKee. “They actually facilitated the first deal we signed at 19 years old with Asylum Records, and Joie played an instrumental role in the success I had with K. Camp. And because Camp exploded at the earliest phases of the streaming game, I was able to learn along with the earliest adapters, even as the DSPs defined their relationship with artists. So not only am I working with family internally at Alamo, but my counterparts within each of the DSPs are also peers. I’m very excited at the new advances we’ll be able to make on music’s newest frontier.”
David Saslow has been named executive vp, international artist relations and A&R for Atlantic Records, it was announced Thursday (June 6). He will be based out of the label's New York headquarters.
Saslow previously served as senior vp, video content, programming and production and then general manager of Atlantic. Before that, he was head of video at Interscope, where he started in 1995.
“Since joining Atlantic 12 years ago, Sas has played a central role in the marketing and development of artists across our roster,” said Atlantic chairman and COO Julie Greenwald and chairman and CEO Craig Kallman jointly in a statement. “With music becoming increasingly global, it’s essential that we have an executive who is exclusively devoted to giving bespoke service to all the incredible artists joining us from around the world. David’s deep and diverse experience makes him the perfect choice for this important new post.”
On June 5, it was announced Kevin French -- agent to artists like Tame Impala, The National and The Decemberists -- has left Paradigm to join CAA's music touring department. French will be based in the company's New York office.
"I have always had tremendous respect for CAA’s music department, so I couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining the team," French said in a statement. "I’m confident that the company’s collaborative culture, diverse clients and colleagues, and entrepreneurial spirit will be a great fit for the next step in my career."
Darryl Eaton, co-head of contemporary music in North America for CAA, added, "We could not be more excited to have Kevin join us. His impeccable taste, as reflected by his amazing client roster, coupled with his renowned character and leadership abilities, make him a huge asset for our colleagues and clients."
On Monday (June 3), BBR Music Group announced it promoted Devin DeToro to director of marketing and hired Channing Wisz as manager of marketing. Both will report to the company's vp of marketing, JoJamie Hahr.
DeToro joined BBR in 2017 as a manager of marketing following a two-year stint in Los Angeles as manager of activation and account management at iHeartMedia. Wisz comes to BBR from Crowd Surf where she served as a marketing account manager.
Warner Music Group's chief digital officer, Ole Obermann, is leaving the company, it was confirmed June 3.
"These decisions are never easy," Obermann penned in a memo to staff. "We’ve found a great balance between accelerating global streaming growth and championing the next wave of change. The thoughtful and principled work we’ve done during this critical inflection point will help ensure a bright future for the entire music ecosystem."
"I want to take this moment to thank him for all his hard work," said WMG CEO Steve Cooper in another memo to staff. "He’s accomplished much over the past three years -- including leading the renewals for all of our major digital partnerships, helping to expand the scope of our commercial activities, and overseeing the creation of WMG Boost, our seed-stage investment fund. He’s also enhanced and strengthened the capabilities of our business development team."
Jacqueline Charlesworth, a copyright lawyer who helped develop and negotiate the Music Modernization Act (MMA), is joining music copyright firm Alter Kendrick & Baron, LLP (AKB), it was announced on Tuesday (May 7).
“Jacqueline Charlesworth has an extraordinary legal mind and is a zealous advocate for her clients, and the creative community in general,” said Lisa Alter, a founding partner of the firm, in a statement. “We are thrilled to have her join us as a partner.”
Jared Rapoza has been named director of electronic music at Audiomack, the streaming platform announced June 6.
Rapoza interned at Audiomack in June of last year, where he helped the platform generate hundreds of millions of plays and brought artists and labels including Flume, RL Grime and Lowly Palace to the service. Now at just 18 years old, Rapoza is the youngest director of any genre in the music industry. In his new role, he will be responsible for curation, artist relations, catalog and user acquisition, original content and live events.