Meet Billboard's 2011 '30 Under 30': The Young Execs You Need to Know
Meet Billboard's 2011 '30 Under 30': The Young Execs You Need to Know

30 Under 30 Introduction

Rising young executives who are driving our business forward take the spotlight once again in this seventh annual edition of Billboard's Power Players special feature, "30 Under 30." Exclusively on, many of the honorees have provided their contact information, their favorite Spotify lists, and their reactions to being selected as one of this year's "30 Under 30."

Our readers, once again, helped create this list, submitting nominations online at Then a team of Billboard editors reviewed every eligible nomination and numerically ranked the nominees according to their achievements in the past 12 months and the nominees' leadership within the broader industry, as described in their nomination. We've got a good track record ourselves: In 2007, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was a "30 Under 30" honoree.

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Of course, many outstanding young executives were nominated but didn't make our list. This year, for the first time, we cite those nominees in the report as well. Together with the honorees, they affirm the depth of young executive talent in the music business.



Aaron Bay-Schuck
VP of A&R, Atlantic Records Group

Colin Beswick
Manager of creative content and music licensing, Disney Mobile

Julia Betley
Creative services manager, Bug Music

Abe Burns
Digital Operations, Guy Oseary

Ryan Chisholm
Talent Manager, Bill Silva Entertainment

Kyle Frenette
Amble Down Records, Founder, Founder/Manager, Middle West Management

Matt Ferrigno
Director, Strategic Marketing, Island Def Jam

Nathan Gregory
Head of Strategic Marketing and New Business, McGhee Entertainment

Matt Jones
Co-Founder, Crowdsurge; Founder, SPC Live

Brandon Kitchen
Associate Director, Membership/Rhythm & Soul, ASCAP

Cody Lauzier
Touring Assistant, Concerts West/AEG Live

Robbie Mackey
Director, Interactive Marketing, The Orchard

Benjamin Maddahi
VP of A&R, Artist Publishing Group; Director of A&R, Atlantic Records; Founder, Madd Music Management

Glenn Miller
Digital Marketing Executive, Creative Artists Agency

Brandon Pankey
Account Manager, Sports and Entertainment Financial Group

Caius Pawson
A&R manager, XL Recordings; Founder/director, Young Turks; Manager, the xx

Jill Pedone
Manager of Creative, BMG Chrysalis

Cassie Petrey
CEO, Crowd Surf

Harinder Rana
Senior Director of A&R, Lava Records/Universal Republic

Horacio Rodriguez
Director of Product Development, Universal Music Latin Entertainment

Tom Russell
Partner, Founders Entertainment

Aymen Anthony Saleh
Executive VP/GM, Atom Factory; CEO, Emagen Entertainment Group

Randy Shefer
Director, Videogames, Film and TV Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Eric Sheinkop
Co-Founder, President, Music Dealers

James 'J' Sider
CEO/Founder, RootMusic

Samantha Sichel
Senior Manager of Digital Business Development and Marketing Solutions, Live Nation Entertainment

Abou 'Bu' Thiam
VP of A&R, Def Jam

Bridget Unger
Director of Music Resources, EMI Music Publishing

Sara Winter
Director of Tour Marketing, The Messina Group/AEG Live

Byron Wright
Director of Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI

List of Nominees