Laura Bender Promoted ADA Regional Program Director
After promoting Ari Taitz and Kenny Weagly to chief operating officer and SVP of A&R and label services, respectively, back in November, ADA has announced several new appointments. Laura Bender, formerly midwest regional program director, has been promoted to national director of promotion, a position in which she will work with Triple-A and Alternative formats.
Kemosabe Records Recruits Greg Marella as EVP
Greg Marella, former vice president of promotion with Interscope/Geffen/A&M, has joined producer/songwriter Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records, a joint venture deal with Sony Music, as EVP. Marella brings with him experience as an integral part of successful promotional campaigns for artists like Lady Gaga, Imagine Dragons, and Robin Thicke.
Warner Music Group Appoints Singer, Appleton to Marketing Team; Barkan to Synch Licensing; Gerson to Brand Partnerships
In the interest of expanding its creative and marketing functions at Warner Bros. Records and Warner Music International, Warner Music has appointed Dion Singer as EVP of creative marketing (based in Los Angeles) and Beth Appleton as SVP of marketing for Warner Music International (based in London). Singer -- who has held various positions at WMG for the past 18 years in such far-flung locales as South Africa and, most recently, London -- will be in charge of marketing for all popular acts. Appleton has followed a similar, if reverse, trajectory: she moved from London to Australia, where she was most marketing director at Warner Music Australia. In her current position, she will creatively support and guide global teams in maximizing promotional and commercial support for artists.
In other WMG marketing news, Ryan Barkan has been named vice president of creative synch licensing and Lila Gerson is now senior director of brand partnerships. Barkan comes to Warner Bros. from Primary Wave Music, where he was executive creative director of advertising and video games. Gerson joins from Billboard, where she was executive director of business development and strategy. In their new positions, both will report to Lori Feldman, executive vice president of brand partnerships and music licensing.
“A world-class brand partnerships and licensing team is an important part of WBR’s commitment to helping our artists build passionate fan-bases and develop long-term careers," said Lori Feldman. “As an artist himself, Ryan has a deep understanding of the creative disciplines as well as how to find the ideal song or artist for the latest advertising projects. Lila is a true innovator, producing unique digital campaigns, physical events and social media strategies, which exceed the expectations of both our artists and brand partners.”
And last but certainly not least, Kris Ahrend, former SVP of business & legal affairs for the Rhino Entertainment division of WMG. has been appointed SVP of recorded music rights administration. In his new position based in Los Angeles, Ahrend will oversee a newly established division encompassing U.S. artist royalties, publishing royalties and licensing, master licensing, rights administration, and catalog legal affairs.
Ryan Wright Joins Kobalt as SVP of Marketing
Richard Sanders, president of Kobalt Music Group, announced that Ryan Wright, former SVP of global marketing at Sony Music Entertainment, will join the company as SVP of marketing. In his new role Wright will unite the company's publishing and label services departments to bolster Kobalt's marketing strategy for its brand and clients.
Music Business Association Board of Directors Adds Dicker, Zierler
The Music Business Association (Music Biz), formerly NARM, has expanded its Board of Directors to include Glenn Decker, co-owner of Redeye Incorporated, and Dave Zierler, president of INgrooves Music Group. Dicker, who also sits on the Merlin Board of Directors, has won several NARM Distributor of the Year awards for helping the company become the second-largest independent distributor in the U.S. Zierler began his career advising Silicon Valley clients at PricewaterhouseCoopers, entering the music industry when Universal Music Group Distribution invited him to join a new division dedicated to business analysis.
Mom + Pop Hire Julia Willinger for Senior A&R/Publishing Role
Mom + Pop Music have announced the hiring of Julia Willinger to a senior role in A&R, a position in which she will be in charge of signing new artists to the label. Willinger comes to Mom + Pop after having previously held positions at XL Recordings, Columbia, and Black Seal; she also worked in publishing at Beggars. Willinger will continue to release musc independently on the Blue Rider label, which she co-founded.
Beats Electronics Brings On James Fischler as Vice President of Sales for the Americas
Beats Electronics LLC (Beats) has announced the appointment of James Fischler, former SVP of marketing and go-to-market operations of LG Electronics USA Inc., to vice president of sales for the Americas. In this position, Fischler will be responsible for expanding the company while optimizing current business, guiding the planning and execution of Beats' sales in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America.
Wind-up Records Promotes Ed Brennan
Ed Brennan, former Northeast regional for Wind-up Records, has been promoted to Alternative National/West Coast regional director of promotion for the label. He will relocate to Los Angeles for the position in the new year.