Executive Turntable: Ingrooves Opens Tokyo Office; Moves at Deezer, Oak View Group & RCA Nashville

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Oak View Group -- a global venue development, advisory, and investment company for the sports and live entertainment industries -- has appointed three key executives to its team at the New Arena at Seattle Center, it was announced Monday (Feb. 3).

The new executives are Eric Bresler, who has been named senior vp of programming; Tom Conroy as vp of operations; and Rosemary Selle as vp of marketing. All three will assume their roles immediately.

“As we continue to make momentous progress in the construction of our world-class arena for Seattle, we also are assembling the best in executive leadership to operate and run the arena day-to-day,” said Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke in a statement. “Eric, Tom, and Rosemary are all highly-experienced and the best in their respective fields.”

In his new role, Bresler will lead the programming and entertainment business development and grand opening plans for the arena and assist in driving content for Oak View Group’s operated properties including the Moody Center at the University of Texas, the New Arena at Agua Caliente in Palm Springs and the New York Islanders New Arena in Belmont, NY. He most recently served as executive director of San Francisco sports and entertainment complex Chase Center and previously worked as vp of event booking and development at AEG Facilities and vp of arena bookings and marketing for Miami’s HEAT Group/American Airlines Arena. He has worked in the sports and entertainment industry for nearly 30 years.

Conroy will oversee all back of house and venue operations including arena conversions, ice operations, event production, facility and ground services, custodial services, HVAC, refrigeration, and physical plant operations. Prior to this, he worked for 24 years at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottowa, 17 years of which were spent in the role of vp and executive director.

Selle will serve as a senior member of the Oak View Group marketing team and work to plan and implement branding, ticket sales, media buying, partnership marketing, and social and digital media strategies. Her previous roles include regional director of marketing for AEG Facilities/ASM Global, senior director of marketing at Target Center in Minneapolis and director of marketing at KeyArena at Seattle Center/AEG Facilities.

 


 

On Wednesday (Feb. 5), Ingrooves Music Group announced it has established a Tokyo office and that it has named Ryukatsu Son as managing director of Ingrooves Japan. The move follows Ingrooves’ expansion into Brazil earlier this year, where it opened an office in Sao Paolo.

Ryukatsu joins Ingrooves from Amazon Japan, where he served as head of licensing, digital music. During his tenure there, he helped launch Amazon Music HD, Japan’s first hi-res streaming service. He has also worked in senior positions at Fujipacific Music and Spotify Japan and previously spent nine years at Warner Music Japan, where he led the legal and business affairs department. In an earlier role at Sony, he also worked on the first generation PlayStation video game console.

In a statement, Ingrooves CEO Bob Roback said that in his new role, Ryukatsu “will focus on offering our best-in-class services to local labels and artists while also enhancing the marketing of our global clients in Japan.”

 


 

Emilie Duquenne has been hired as chief people officer at Deezer, the streaming service announced Tuesday (Feb. 4). In her new role, Duquenne will develop and enact a new global people strategy for the company.

In a statement, Deezer deputy CEO and chief financial officer Laurent Cordonnier said Duquenne will “help us take our employer strategy and branding to the next level. We’re the only independent streaming challenger in the game. Our competitors are big and have deep pockets. It’s a tough business landscape, but we can succeed by giving our people a framework that balances creativity, freedom and accountability.”

In her own statement, Duquenne said her first job “will be to review and update our people strategy to help accelerate our growth in all of our markets.” She joins Deezer from Tesla, where she worked as the company’s senior human resources manager in France and later as the EMEA human resources lead for sales. During her tenure, she redesigned the marketing and sales structure of over 900 employees across 17 countries. She previously worked as talent acquisition director at L’Oreal.

 


 

Fourward Music founder and CEO Will Ward and president Shannan Hatch announced Wednesday (Feb. 5) that Joey McCarthy has been named A&R/creative manager at the global management, production and business development company. McCarthy will work out of the management company’s Los Angeles office.

In a statement, Hatch said McCarthy “has connections in multi-genres and is well respected. We are creating a unique team on the business side as well as the creative space and feel Joey is the perfect addition to help create an even more diverse roster.”

In addition to his hiring, McCarthy has brought DJ/producers TOMOS and Aaron Hibell to the Fourward roster. A press release notes he has helped curate brand partnerships for artists including Pink Sweat$ and has worked with Nike, Adidas, Red Bull and Lyft, among others.

 


 

The Television Music License Committee has named David B. Amy as chairman, it was announced Monday (Feb. 3). He succeeds Charles (Chuck) Sennett, who served for decades as chair of the committee and recently retired from Tribune Media Company.

Amy currently serves as a consultant to Sinclair Broadcast Group, where he previously worked as vice chairman until retiring in May 2019. During his time at Sinclair, he served as executive vp and chief operating officer and chief financial officer. He has 30 years of television broadcast experience and previously served as secretary of the Television Music License Committee, of which he has been a member for nearly 20 years.

 


 

Sami Shea has been named to the newly-created role of manager, national promotion at RCA Nashville, the label announced Thursday (Feb. 6). She will report to senior vp, national promotion Dennis Reese.

Shea comes from Cumulus/Westwood One in Nashville, where she served as NASH campus manager. She has also worked as a sideline reporter and in-arena game host for East Coast Hockey League team the Orlando Solar Bears.


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