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Executive Turntable: Moves at Atlantic Records UK, iHeartMedia, BMG & More

A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including at Atlantic Records UK, Banc of California Stadium, Pandora, Songtrust, iHeartMedia, Live Nation Entertainment, and BMG.

Atlantic Records UK announced on Tuesday (Dec. 18) Callum Caulfield has been promoted to marketing director, effective immediately. He will report to Katie White, the label’s general manager.

“With both a data-driven and empathetic understanding of fans, Callum has led the charge in developing our award-winning artist marketing activities to become smarter and more creative and with this new promotion,” said White in a statement. “He will no doubt drive us into a new era of greater personalised marketing and authentic story-telling.”

Caulfield was recently awarded the Artist Marketing Campaign trophy at this year’s Music Week Awards alongside Nick Long, Atlantic’s head of digital, for Ed Sheeran‘s album Divide.

“Callum has risen through Atlantic and deservedly so,” added Ben Cook, president of Atlantic Records UK. “His award-winning work with Ed is impossible to ignore but it’s also his work on Bandit and the way he has led our innovative marketing team’s activities right across the roster this year which has inspired this promotion. Callum’s appointment adds to the growing list of recent internal promotions that sees long term employees progress into senior positions. This is a thoroughly well-earned step forwards for Callum and I’m looking forward to seeing him rise to the challenge of this new role with his trademark passion, drive and love of music and artists.”

“As Marketing Director, I look forward to representing these ideals on a wider scale, delivering truly exciting and ground-breaking campaigns and ensuring all the talented members of the Atlantic family – in my team and beyond – continue to benefit from the focus on career development within the label, just as I have,” said Caulfield.

Banc of California Stadium announced on Monday (Dec. 17) the hire of Brian Smith as event director. He will report to Otto Benedict.

“Brian’s impressive tenure with SMG Worldwide and history of conceptualizing and overseeing a wide range of arena-level events make him an excellent addition to the growing events team at Banc of California Stadium,” said Benedict in a statement. “The knowledge and expertise he brings to the team will enable us to provide the highest level of service and event execution for our customers, clients, and partners.” 

“It’s an exciting time for Banc of California Stadium, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to continue my career in events with the new, and only, ‘outdoor arena,'” added Smith. “I’m looking forward to helping to create memorable events and experiences for the Stadium’s customers, partners, and residents of Los Angeles.”

Pandora announced on Monday (Dec. 17) the hire of Jen Danielson as head of country programing. She previously worked as the director of music strategy at CMT, where she was responsible for music video acquisitions.

Songtrust announced on Tuesday (Dec. 18) the hires of Brad Yuan as global head of rights management operations and Noam Mantels as head of product.

“The addition of Brad and Noam to our leadership team signals our continued dedication to developing a world-class product,” said Joe Conyers III, the company’s co-founder and general manager, in a statement.

Yuan has previously worked as the vice president of operations at Beyond Oblivion and the chief operating officer of Yonder Music. Mantel recently worked as the vp of product management at the IoT startup Weissbeerger.

iHeartMedia announced on Wednesday (Dec. 19) the hire of Eric Hadley as senior vice president of marketing, effective immediately. He will report to Gayle Troberman, the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

“As the leader in audio, we understand more than anyone that we’re at a key moment when all things audio are growing,” said Troberman in a statement. “It’s important that we have someone who understands data, content, planning and creative. Eric’s experience on the client, agency and media sides of the table will help us continue to lead the way with audio.”

“As the leader in audio, iHeart has the complete offering needed to help marketers drive results,” added Hadley. “There are few companies today that have the daily reach and impact of iHeartMedia.”

Live Nation Entertainment announced the hire of Kelly Flanigan to president of Washington, D.C. — U.S. concerts on Tuesday (Dec. 18). In addition, Wilson Howard has been promoted to coo of Washington, D.C./Carolinas — U.S. concerts.

“Kelly has been key to Live Nation’s success in DC since joining the company over a decade ago, and her promotion to president of the DC region is very well-deserved,” said Bob Roux, the company’s president of U.S. concerts, in a statement. “By elevating Kelly and Wilson, we’re confident that Live Nation will continue to expand our business and our annual concerts throughout the region. “

BMG announced on Wednesday (Dec 19) the appointment of Jonathan Palmer to svp, creative synch. He will report to Patrick Joest the global evp of marketing and licensing.

“Jonathan is well-respected both in the artist and the synch communities, and his wealth of experience in Recorded and Publishing combined with his broad client network are going to be a real asset for BMG and our artist clients,” said Joest in a statemnet.