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Executive Turntable: Moves At Live Nation, Plus Hires at Def Jam, Spotify, Glassnote & More

Jo Dipple, former chief executive of UK Music, heads to Live Nation for a new role as senior vp of public affairs.

Jo Dipple, former chief executive of UK Music, heads to Live Nation for a new role as senior vp of public affairs.

Dipple spent nine years at UK Music, during which she lobbied national and local government on copyright issues related to the protection of the U.K.’s live music industry. She announced her departure from the London-based trade company in January, and is succeeded by Michael Dugher, formerly the shadow secretary of state for culture, media and sport.

“Jo has remarkable credentials in the music industry, with an unrivaled level of expertise in her field,” said John Reid, president, concerts for Live Nation Europe, in a statement announcing Dipple’s appointment.

Added Dipple: “Live Nation Entertainment is the world leader in delivering live entertainment. I am joining a hugely talented team of people, all of whom are passionate about fan and artist satisfaction across the world.”

More moves in the biz:

— Eminem’s longtime manager Paul Rosenberg, who is also president of the rapper’s Shady Records, is appointed the new CEO of Def Jam Recordings. The announcement is the latest in a string of hires from the pioneering hip-hop label, which is currently home to Justin BieberKanye WestBig Sean2 Chainz and others. Rosenberg succeeds Steve Bartels, who has held the CEO post since April 2014. 


— Eleven Seven Label Group ups Jackie Kajzer to senior vice president of promotions for rock and legacy indie label Eleven Seven Music and Better Noise Records. Here, she’ll oversee promotion at both labels, which cater to a roster including Eleven Seven’s Papa RoachMötley Crüe and In Flames and, at Better Noise, Nothing MoreDiamante and As Lions.?

— Jane Huxley, the former head and founder of Pandora‘s since-closed Australian affiliate, joins Spotify as the streaming service’s managing director for Australia and New Zealand. Huxley launched and guided Pandora in Australasia for five years, growing its ANZ listener base to more than 5 million registered users before the streaming giant closed its Australia and New Zealand operations on July 31.


Glassnote Records has hired Jonathan Jacobs as its national director of pop promotion and promoted Grace Fryman to northeast regional manager of promotion. Jacobs got his start in music as an assistant at Columbia Records in New York City. and then moved to Republic Records where he was a regional promotion manager based in Miami. Fryman has been with Glassnote for two years and recently served as the executive assistant to the label founder/president Daniel Glass.

— Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment makes a wave of promotions across departments. Keith Sheldon is elevated to executive vice president of programming, where he’ll oversee concert booking, sports events and other programs at Barclays Center and NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Kari Cohen is promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel, responsible for a variety of agreements including venue acquisition and programming, while Mandy Gutmann is upped to vice president of communications, where she’ll lead media for all concerts and other events.

— Amid signing Nav, Kygo and a host of other new clients, The Chamber Group makes three staff promotions. Derek Sherron is upped to senior director of publicity at the New York-based boutique public relations, image marketing and special events firm, succeeded as director of publicity by Kerry Smalls. And on her one-year anniversary with Chamber Group, Kasturi “Kaz” Shan is promoted to public relations manager from publicity coordinator.