RCA's Peter Edge, Tom Corson on the Shuttering of Jive, J and Arista
RCA's Peter Edge, Tom Corson on the Shuttering of Jive, J and Arista

With the official naming two weeks ago of CEO Peter Edge and president/COO Tom Corson, the rest of the RCA team is falling into place, sources tell Billboard.biz.

Joe Riccitelli will lead the pop/rock promotion teams, while Mark Pitts becomes president of Urban Music/Bystorm Entertainment. Geo Bivens, meanwhile, will run the urban promotion staff. Keith Naftaly, Rani Hancock and David Wolter will assume senior A&R positions.

Aaron Borns, Lisa Cambridge and Carolyn Williams will lead the marketing department. And Karen Lamberton will oversee film and TV licensing/strategic marketing. Bob Anderson will run sales, Mika El-Baz will oversee the publicity team, and Samantha Lecca will run the video production team.

On the business side, Dan Zucker will lead business affairs and Cliff Silver will head up finance. In another move, the company will now issue all releases under the RCA Records label, sources say.


On the heels of naming the new staff structure for RCA Records Tuesday morning, the company today (Wednesday, Aug. 23) began laying off about 20 staffers, sources say.

Among those believed to have been cut are RCA senior VP of artist development Scott Seviour; RCA senior VP of A&R Jeff Aldrich; RCA senior VP of rhythm-crossover promotion Michael Williams; Jive senior VP of video & DVD production Janet Kleinbaum ; RCA VP of promotion administration Joan Fallon; and RCA VP of top 40 promotion Dave Dyer.

Keep checking back to Billboard.biz for further updates.


In an apparent change of plans, Jive executive VP/GM Tom Carrabba and executive VP Peter Thea were also let go in the layoffs that swept through RCA and Jive labels yesterday.

Both had been initially slated to become part of L.A. Reid's team at Epic Records and the former had even moved his office from the Jive to the Epic part of the building, sources say.

Other names that have also emerged as being cut within the last week are Sony senior VP of international marketing Ryan Wright and Richard Appel, director of consumer marketing.