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Executive Turntable: More UMG Exits, Jeffrey Azoff Launches New Company, Moves at Cooking Vinyl and More

Pat Monaco has departed from Universal Music Group (UMG), leaving his position as evp of commerce for Def Jam. Monaco served the company for 26 years; first as part of PolyGram, which he started it's…

Heidi Anne-Noel has joined Press Here Publicity, effective March 10. Most recently she was a nine-year veteran of Capitol Records — where she worked extensively with Katy Perry, Capital Cities, Good Charlotte/The Madden Brothers and others — as well as Girlie Action. At the time of her departure from Capitol, Perry co-manager Martin Kirkup said, “Heidi Anne-Noel has been Katy Perry’s stellar publicist at Capitol Records ever since Katy signed there in 2007, and a key member of the Team that broke her with the One of the Boys album in 2008, and took her to massive success with Teenage Dream and Prism. She is one of the finest PR people we have ever had the pleasure of working with.”


— Pat Monaco has departed from Universal Music Group (UMG), leaving his position as evp of commerce for Def Jam. Monaco served the company for 26 years; first as part of PolyGram, which he started it’s then indie distribution service ILS, and then was executive vp of sales production for the East Coast Label Group. 

— Music industry entrepreneur and attorney Chris Taylor has been appointed president of Entertainment One Music (eOne). He will also bring Last Gang, his independent recording, publishing and artist management company established in 2003, to eOne. The label is credited in launching the careers of bands such as Metric and Death From Above 1979

Nathan Stein is set to join the artist services company Arts & Crafts as A&R manager. He has previously worked in artist management and A&R roles for Bedlam Music Management/Dine Alone Records, and as head music programmer at the Drake Hotel.

— Jeffrey Azoff will depart CAA after three-and-half years with the firm and is launching a new company called Full Stop Management in Los Angeles, also bringing along CAA agent Tommy BruceAzoff’s longtime One Direction client Harry Styles is expected to join the Full Stop roster.

— Republic Records has appointed Nick Pacelli to svp of Strategic Marketing & Partnerships. Pacelli most recently held the office of executive director at Steve Stoute’s agency Translation.

— Country legend and Texas Hall of Famer Johnny Lee has joined Webster Public Relations for publicity representation, as he releases his first studio album in 10 years You Aint’ Never Been to Texas.

Cadence Music Group, previously Maple Music Group, has promoted Andrew Roach to director of labels and Chris Cowley to vp, operations; both effective immediately. Roach has lead interactions with the company’s international label partners for the past two years. Cowley joined in 2013 as project manger and business analyst, and was promoted in the same year to director of technology and product development.  

— Independent music company Cooking Vinyl Group will open a full service label division in the U.S. and has signed with Sony’s RED for distribution. Cooking Vinyl America will be based in New York and be overseen by appointed president Howie Gabriel, who previously held the position of evp of marketing at Warner Bros. Records. 

— Sammy Andrews has ended weeks of speculation and is set to join the independent data solution company Entertainment Intelligence (Ei) as a director. The music industry strategic adviser was formerly head of digital at Cooking Vinyl. Existing Ei director Erik Gilbert has assumed executive duties after stepping down from the board of Essential Music & Marketing. 

Omnifone, a B2B provider of digital music services, has appointed Doug Imrie as CEO and wil also launch two new products called the Global Metering Hub and Acoustic Lab. Imrie, who joined the company in 2010, is replacing Jeff Hughes who will move to the role of chairman. He most recently managed director and chief operating officer, and previously served at Sky Deutschland and BSkyB. The Global Metering Hub will aim to simplify complex multi-territory and multi-rightsholder reporting, while the Acoustic Lab will serve as a music information retrieval platform that analyzes digital music tracks. 

 — Jennifer Drake has joined Sony/ATV Music Publishing as senior director, A&R, in Los Angeles. For the past two years she served the role as creative director at Universal Music Publishing Group and previously spent three years at ASCAP, serving positions in New York and Atlanta. 

— Mike Cimicata joined The Orchard as associate producer, focused on soundtrack and compilation albums and playlists.