Executive Turntable

Executive Turntable: Moves at IMPALA, Universal Music Latin Entertainment, Warner Music Norway & More

Courtesy of Impala


IMPALA, the European trade organization representing independent music companies, has revealed its new 32-member board with six new members: record labels Eleven Seven Label Group (U.K.) and SCL/Lusitanian (Portugal) and trade bodies HAIL (Hungary), INDIERO (Romania), RUNDA (all seven ex-Yugoslavia territories and Albania) and VTMÖ (Austria). 

In addition, Francesa Trainini of the Italian representative body PMI (Independent Musical Producers) has been elected as IMPALA’s new chair, Geert De Blaese of BIMA (Belgian Independent Music Association) was re-elected treasurer, while Kees van Weijein (the Netherlands’ STOMP) and Helen Smith will continue as president and executive chair, respectively.

Elsewhere, Martin Mills of Beggars GroupJérôme Roger of French music association UPFI, Paul Pacifico from AIM in the U.K. and Dario Drastata of the Balkans’ association RUNDA were voted onto IMPALA’s management board, which looks after business in between board meetings. They join Michel Lambot of [PIAS] Music Group, Mark Kitcatt of Everlasting Records and Jörg Heidemann from the German association VUT, along with the chair, treasurer, president and executive chair. 

Other members re-elected to the board include: !K7 (represented by Horst Weidenmüller), 8Ball Music (represented by Floris Janssen), AMAEI (represented by Ana Rita Feijao), Cooking Vinyl (represented by Martin Goldschmidt), Cosmos Music Group (represented by Robert Litsen), DUP (represented by Kristoffer Rom), Edel (represented by Jonas Haentjes), Epitaph (represented by Roger Dorresteijn), FONO (represented by Larry Bringsjord), IndieCo (represented by Tapio Korjus), IndieSuisse (represented by Andreas Ryser), Kobalt (represented by Paul Hitchman), Playground Music Scandinavia (represented by Jonas Sjöström), SOM (represented by Eva Karman Reinhold), Sugar Music (represented by Andrea Cotromano), UFI (represented by Sonia Duran) and Wagram Music (represented by Stephan Bourdoiseau).

All 32 members will serve on the IMPALA board for the next two years.



Universal Music Latin Entertainment has hired record producer Donny “Dizzycleanface” Flores to recruit new talent for the label. In his role as executive producer, Flores will also secure crossover collaborations and tracks for strategic projects.

Beginning his career as a concert promoter in Florida’s Miami-Dade and Broward counties, Flores (better known as Dizzy) later joined Slip-N-Slide Records, where he worked on projects with artists like TrinaPlies and Rick Ross. At the closely-affiliated Poe Boy Records, he additionally collaborated with Flo RidaYT Triz and Brianna Perry with E-Class.

More recently, Dizzy worked on the DJ Snake tracks “Taki Taki” featuring Selena Gomez -- which reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 last year -- and “Loco Contigo (Crazy With You)” featuring J Balvin and Tyga.



Leif O. Ribe is Warner Music Norway's next general manager, it was announced Thursday (Sept. 26). Ribe -- who most recently worked as A&R director at Sony Music Norway -- will report to president Jonas Siljemark

“Leif’s one of the most talented execs in the Norwegian business and I’m delighted he’s agreed to join us at Team Warner," said Siljemark.  "He has an incredible track record in finding and nurturing great talent and he’s going to bring that sense of mission to Warner to help us be in pole position to work with the most interest artists out there.”

"It’ll be a huge privilege to lead the amazing team at Warner Music Norway," Ribe added. "I’m lucky enough to have worked with some of the most talented artists in Norway and I can’t wait to bring that experience to my new role.  And I also want to ensure that Norway is firmly on the map for all the performers on our incredible international roster.”



Phil Perkins, founder of the Nashville-based label and publishing administration company Music Services, Inc., has stepped down as the company's president, it was announced Tuesday (September 24). He will be replaced by Lynn Lowe, who joined Music Services in 2008.

Elsewhere at the company, Alex Morris has been promoted to vp label & publishing services, Mark Hauth was promoted to vp publishing services and Don Cason is retiring as vp operations and finance.

Music Services manages the catalogs, licensing and royalty accounting for more than 250 music companies, involving over 18,000 music publishers and 450,000 songs.



BMI’s vp creative for film, TV & visual media Dorren Ringer-Ross has been elevated to vp creative relations -- a brand-new role that will see her continuing to focus on her work with BMI’s roster of film and TV composers.

“What has set Doreen apart in this competitive industry is her ability to recognize and nurture opportunities,” said BMI senior vp creative Alex Flores. “Her new role, which she identified as a need for the department and BMI, is just another example of that vision. We are so excited that Doreen will continue to do what she does best for our incredible roster of BMI composers in a dynamic new way.”

Also announced by BMI was the hiring of Natalie Baartz, who will replace Ringer-Ross as vp creative, film, TV & visual media. Prior to joining the organization, Baartz was fonder and president of the artist-driven licensing company Scorebird Music and had decades of experience in music supervision at companies including Mothlight Music, the Ant Farm and Ignition Creative.



Alisa Applegate is Caroline's new vp promotion, the company announced Monday (Sept. 23). Applegate -- who most recently worked as vp West Coast promotion at ADA -- will be based in Los Angeles and report to senior vp promotion Marni Halpern.

“I’m thrilled to have Alisa join us and complete our Caroline Promotion team,” said Halpern. “She will be my right hand on the West Coast within the Capitol Tower where she will not only bring her strong strategic promotional skills, but her positive energy to help guide our team with the Rhythm and Pop formats as our VP of Promotion.” 

“I’m so excited to join the team at Caroline,” added Applegate. “It’s an amazing opportunity to join an innovative team forging a pathway for a new business model supporting independent artists. It’s an honor to join two well respected female executives Jacqueline Saturn and Marni Halpern. I look forward to continuing their legacy of success, excellence and mentorship.” 



Valerie Marcus is RCA Records’ new vp business & legal affairs, it was announced Wednesday (Sept. 25). Marcus will be based at the company’s New York headquarters and report to executive vp business & legal affairs Dan Zucker.

Prior to joining RCA, Marcus had her own music and entertainment law practice, where she represented record labels, artists and other clients. She also previously worked as a business affairs executive at RCA Records, Jive Records and Tommy Boy Records.



Thomas L. Beckmen has been elected new chair of the board for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, it was announced Sept. 20. He will succeed Jay Rasulo. Beckmen has served on the board since 2015, and previously from 2003 to 2011. 

Beckmen also serves on the governance and campaign committees and chairs the YOLA center task force. Prior to joining LA Phil, he served on the USC Thornton School of Music's board of councilors and the boards of the Colburn School and the Music Center.

"I am honored to be elected Board Chair of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association," said Beckmen. "I look forward to working closely with my colleagues on the Board, the musicians of our orchestra and the LA Phil's remarkable staff as we wrap up our extraordinary Centennial celebration and set the course for our next 100 years."