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Executive Turntable: Apollo Theater Appoints Pharrell, NAB Ups Curtis LeGeyt, Rich Christina at Sony/ATV and More

A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including The Apollo Theater, Warner Music Group, AEG Live and many more.

APA promoted Joshua Rittenhouse to agent in their concerts division in Beverly Hills, while also developing the agency’s Urban roster. Rittenhouse began his career as a contemporary talent buyer at the Sherman Theater before seguing to marketing director for Stan Levinstone at SLP Concerts in New Jersey.

— The National Association of Broadcasters promoted Curtis LeGeyt to the newly created position of senior vice president, public policy, serving as NAB’s principal liaison to the White House and executive departments.


Warner Music Group announced that Lachie Rutherford, president of Warner Music Asia Pacific, will retire at the end of the year, with Simon Robson, current Warner Music UK COO and CFO, to fill his position. Peter Breeden was also promoted to chief financial officer, taking over for Robson.

— Jordan Feldstein’s Career Artist Management (CAM), home to Maroon 5, Robin Thicke, and Big Boi, announced an expansion of their Los Angeles-based team with the promotion of Chris Knight to vice president of A&R of 222 Records and Chris Maguire to vice president of production & development of 222 Productions. CAM also welcomed music manager Dillon Larkin to the firm’s executive management team, bringing along his client roster, which includes Mary Lambert.


AEG Live announced the appointments of two promoters arriving from Metropolis — Laura Davidson as vice president and Oscar Tuttiett as promoter, to help build its Goldenvoice division in the U.K.

Def Jam Recordings promoted Scott Maness to vice president, rhythm crossover promotion. Maness previously served as senior director of the Def Jam Promotion Department since 2008.

The Apollo Theater elected six new members to its board of directors, including Robert K. Kraft, Jason L. Mathews, Carolyn Minick Mason, Charles Phillips, Bronson van Wyck, and Pharrell Williams.

Crush Music announced two new staffers —  former Avril Lavigne music director and Warner Bros Records solo artist Evan Taubenfeld as head of A&R and Peter Malkin as head of new brand partnerships division “Crush Concepts.”

Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation’s president and CEO, announced he will step down from the post in September 2015, after serving since March 2003 — the longest tenure of an executive in the foundation’s 35-year history.

Billboard’s director of charts Silvio Pietroluongo was promoted to vice president, charts & data development, where he will oversee overall data and chart opportunities across music as well as areas outside of music. Silvio has been on staff for over 20 years, and under his leadership, the Charts have been shepherded into the digital age, launching a  host of social and streaming charts, including the Twitter Trending 140, creation of the Artist 100, and the modernization of both the Hot 100 and the forthcoming revamped Billboard 200.

Universal Music Group named Michael Frey as president, supply chain & media services, effective Nov. 10. Frey will oversee UMG’s global digital and physical supply chains, production/logistics and asset management. He previously served as president of Sony DADC New Media Solutions.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing promoted Rich Christina to svp, head of east coast A&R, where he will spearhead new signings and developing the existing roster with pairings and co-writes.