Todd Glassman has been named Epic Records' head of promotions replacing Jacqueline Saturn who is leaving the company, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Glassman formerly worked as SVP of promotions at Island Def Jam overseeing Top 40 and Hot AC artists. Glassman, who is based in New York, held the same position at Universal Motown. Earlier in his career he worked in Epic’s promotions department.
The move follows a handful of Epic executive staff changes over the last year as the label's chairman/CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid continues to seek the right team to return Epic back to a position of prominence. Saturn had replaced Erik Olesen who left Epic in January along with COO Mark Shimmel; last month the label’s head of A&R Christopher “Tricky” Stewart stepped down; and vp of marketing Angelica Cob-Baehler exited last August. In May, the company hired Michael “Sha Money XL” Clervoix as EVP of urban A&R.
Despite the turnover, there are signs Epic’s fortunes may be turning around: For the second week in a row Epic Records looks to have the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 chart with Sara Bareilles' “The Blessed Unrest.” Last week Ciara debuted at No. 2 following the No. 1 success of "Body Party" at urban mainstream radio.
Meanwhile, two new Epic acts are climbing  the charts: “X Factor” alum Fifth Harmony, whose debut single "Miss Movin' On" made this week’s Mainstream Top 40 bubbling under chart and Bonnie McKee, whose "American Girl" debuted on Billboard's Top 40 chart. (This week's Billboard charts will be refreshed this Friday on
Other Epic artists expected to drop albums in 2013 who could make a significant impact on the charts are Avril Lavigne, Future, Cher Lloyd, Karmin, A Great Big World, Sean Kingston, Tamar Braxton and Yo Gotti.