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Executive Turntable: Moves at CD Baby, Omnian Music Group, Live Nation Entertainment & More

A list of moves and shakes across the music industry, including at CD Baby, Omnian Music Group, Live Nation Entertainment, Maverick Management, AEG Presents, Radio One, HeadCount, Pirates Press…

CD Baby is bolstering it’s international operations with a number of new hires including Henriette Heimdal as market development coordinator in London, Darryl Hurs as representative in Toronto, Johanna Rivera as representative in Colombia and Keith Tan to found the first Asian office. 

“CD Baby is committed to becoming a global leader and to serving independent artists around the world. We need to be present where the artists are, and to provide artists everywhere the ability to get support and access to our services the way our US artists do,” says Heli Del Moral, CD Baby’s VP for International Development. “We feel it is very important to be physically present in these regions. To this end, we are expanding our global team with industry professionals who believe deeply in our vision and share our passion for indie artists.”

Omnian Music Group announced the hire of Jane Abernethy as managing director. 

“Jane was always number one on my radar in terms of someone who I really wanted to work with. Through participating with her on music conference panels and listening to her opinions on the industry and music in general made me realize what a powerhouse she is and how much she can do for our company. Her intelligence, ingenuity and experience will take help us rise to the next level and we look forward to learning a lot working with her,” said Ceo and founder Mike Sniper in a statement.

Live Nation Entertainment announced the hire of Stephanie Van Spronsen, the first woman on the Download Festival booking team, as full-time promoter on Feb. 18.

“It’s great news that we can add Steph to Live Nation’s growing female promoter base.  Steph has been working with me on Download and her ability and drive are phenomenal. Live Nation is wholly committed to recognising talent like hers and nurturing it for future leadership” said Andy Copping, executive president of UK Touring, in a statement.

Maverick Management announced Eshy Gazit and his group Monsta X are joining the roster on Feb. 22.

“We are thrilled to have Eshy join the Maverick family and I feel he brings a great amount of enthusiasm as well as a very unique skill set to our management group,” said Greg Thompson the president of Maverick in a statement.

AEG Presents announced the appointment of Nick Sampanato as svp of venue operations on Feb. 25. He will report to Shawn Trell the coo.

“We are extremely pleased to have Nick join our growing team. His experience and track record of running and managing venues as well as event production speaks for itself and we look forward to having Nick bring his skill set to bear on our owned and operated clubs and theaters,” said Trell in a statement.

“I am excited about this next chapter in my career and working with Shawn and the rest of the AEG team.  AEG has an impressive portfolio of venues that continues to grow.  I look forward to working with the General Managers at AEG Presents to provide the best experiences for all of our guests and clients,” added Spampanato.

Radio One announced the promotion of Kashon Powell to vice president of programming on Feb. 26. 

“I’m delighted to have Kashon in this position.  Not only has she proved to be an outstanding programmer with the huge success of our Washington cluster but it will be great to have the voice of a woman, our primary demographic, among our senior programmers. I know Kashon’s contributions to the company will be enormous,” said Radio One CEO David Kantor in a statement.

“I’m honored to be entrusted with the programming and content creation of stations with such rich tradition and culture. I’m thrilled to be a part of the brain trust that continues to cultivate content across our numerous programming platforms” added Powell.

HeadCount announced that Kam Franklin will join its board of directors on Feb. 27. 

“I’m very pleased to be joining the HeadCount board,” said Kam. “I look forward to working alongside some of the most knowledgeable individuals in the music industry to further the HeadCount mission of promoting participation in democracy,” said Franklin in a statement.

Pirates Press Records announced the hire of Vique Martin to handle direct-to-retail sales.

“Instead of selling a catalog with 8,000 items, I’ll be able to focus on richer relationships, and a more diverse, targeted, and flexible approach to selling each title,” said Martin in a statement. “We’ll be able to work closer with our active bands, helping them sell more themselves, both locally and globally.”

.“Bringing Vique on board is part of a long-term plan for our label. Too often with distributors handling a slew of other labels, the creativity and flexibility needed to make that personalized impact is not there. Vique and I, and the rest of the Pirates, have decided to lead by example in true punk D.I.Y. fashion, in terms of promoting and selling our label’s records directly to the worldwide market,” added Eric Mueller,  founder and president.

Songtrust announced the addition of Anna Bond as director of business development in North America on Feb. 28. 

“Anna’s passion for the independent community is evidenced by her career path and the career development of artists of incredible stature,” said Molly Neuman, Songtrust global head of business development, in a statement. “As Songtrust continues to grow to offer global publishing administration to the creative community, we hope to continue to partner with independent businesses and artists representatives. Anna is the perfect person to build this for us in North America.”

BMG Production Music announced sever global executive promotions on Feb. 26 including Deep East Music owners and co-founders Alex Marchant as director of global marketing and Ciaran McNeaney as director of global production. They report to John Clifford the svp of global sales, marketing and repertoire. Also announced was the promotion of Sam Delves to manager of global marketing who reports to Marchant.

“Alex and Ciaran bring a wealth of experience to BMG Production Music, having built their own successful business and with previous experience at other production music companies, they both understand the vital grass-roots link between music production and marketing. I’m looking forward to working closely with them, to take their knowledge, experience and lessons learned in building Deep East, and scaling this expertise to the advantage of BMG Production Music globally.

“Sam has continually proven his ability to create engaging marketing content for BMG’s Production Music business, both in the UK and Internationally, so I am pleased that he will join Alex as a vital part of the new Global Marketing Team,” said Clifford in a statement.

MelodyVR announced the appointment of Miles Lewis as chief commercial officer.

“The opportunity to experience your favourite music via virtual reality is a new frontier in entertainment. As brand’s marketing strategies increasingly utilise storytelling to build more powerful relationships with consumers, the ability to create an in-depth connection with an audience via MelodyVR will become increasingly more valuable. As consumers continue to want greater access to original content and unique experiences, we will be increasingly able to connect them with the artists they love via the MelodyVR platform. I look forward to launching exciting and engaging initiatives that will build meaningful commercial partnerships and I am incredibly honoured to be joining the MelodyVR team at this point in its trajectory,” said Lewis in a statement. 

peermusic announced the promotion of Michael Knox to senior vice president of peermusic Nashville on March 1. 

“Michael’s creative and business leadership has been the reason peermusic has had such incredible success and growth in the country music space over the past few years. This promotion is a well-deserved acknowledgement of all of his contributions to the company.   Personally, I am in awe of his abilities, especially his wicked sense of humor (!), and feel very fortunate to be able to work with him every day,” said Kathy Spanberger the president and coo in a statement.

“I want to thank Kathy and the rest of the peermusic team not only for this promotion, but for the privilege to work with our amazing staff and the incredibly talented roster of artists and writers we have at peermusic Nashville. We’re all working together to build something really special here and I’m very proud to be part of it,” added Knox.