Facility management firm Global Spectrum, which manages more than 120 public-assembly facilities around the globe, appoints Hank Abate senior VP of arenas and stadiums. He will relocate from Pittsburgh to Global Spectrum’s Philadelphia headquarters and report to COO John Page. A veteran of the facility management world, Abate has spent the last 20 years at SMG, most recently serving as senior VP of arenas and stadiums. In that role, he oversaw 70 nationwide venues and supervised the recent opening of Pittsburgh’s 18,500-capacity Consol Energy Center. In related news, Global Spectrum parent company Comcast-Spectacor recently named Dave Scott acting president/COO following the departure of president/COO Peter Luukko.
Epic Records promotes Benny Pough to executive VP. He was executive VP of urban music.
Warner Music Group promotes Kris Ahrend to senior VP of recorded-music rights administration. He was senior VP of business and legal affairs at Rhino Entertainment.
Kobalt Music Group appoints Ryan Wright senior VP of marketing. He was senior VP of global marketing at Sony Music.
Ole Digital names Jim Selby senior VP. He was CEO of Naxos.
Man Made Music promotes Dan Venne to VP/supervising producer. He was senior producer.
IFPI appoints Christina Boettner director of insight. She was commercial head of global education at Kaplan International.
The Country Music Assn. names Damon Whiteside senior VP of marketing and partnerships. He was chief marketing officer of brands and talent at Nomad Entertainment Group.