The Country Music Assn. board of directors appoints music and TV industry veteran Sarah Trahern CEO, effective Jan. 1. She replaces Steve Moore, who resigned in July. CMA board president Ed Hardy has since assumed day-to-day CEO duties and will continue doing so until Trahern takes over in January. Trahern joins the CMA from Scripps Networks Interactive’s Great American Country, where she served as senior VP/GM. Prior to Scripps, she covered politics and public affairs for C-SPAN in Washington, D.C. After joining GAC in 2005, Trahern was promoted to senior VP of programming and in 2010 became the network’s GM. That same year, she was named one of Billboard’s 30 female power players in the music business.
The RIAA names George Borkowski senior VP of litigation and legal affairs. He was partner at such law firms as Freeman Freeman & Smiley, Venable and Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp.
Universal Music Japan promotes Naoshi Fujikura to president/CEO, effective Jan. 1. He was president of domestic labels.
Alternative Distribution Alliance Worldwide promotes Ari Taitz to COO and adds global responsibilities to Kenny Weagly’s role as senior VP of A&R and label services. Taitz was senior VP of business affairs and development at WEA and ADA. Weagly arrived at ADA last year and helped combine Independent Label Group with the distributor.
Etix names Bob Seaton chief technology officer. He was senior MTS enterprise architect at PayPal.
Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises appoints Vanessa Adamo senior VP of brand partnerships. She was VP/content director at LiquidThread.