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Executive Turntable: New Hires at CAA, Spotify, Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group & More

A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including Black River Entertainment, Tumblr, Universal Music Group, Spotify and more.

— Black River Entertainment has promoted Emily Hungate to vice president of business operations. She first joined the entertainment company in 2010 and previously served as senior director of finance and business affairs.

— Olivia Bowlby has been named general manager for the global industry platform IMS. She most recently held the position of director at Sankeys Ibiza and has an agency background with clients such as Coca-Cola and Samsung. 


— The African American Festival, which will return to Baltimore on July 2-3, has announced its 2016 Advisory Board. The AAF board: Calvin C. Butler, Jr., Esq., CEO of Baltimore Gas and Electric; The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings, Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives; Donald C. Fry, President and CEO of Greater Baltimore Committee; Stephanie C. Hill, Vice President and General Manager of Lockheed Martin Ship and Aviation Systems; J. Kirby Fowler, Jr., President of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore; Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chair of Radio One; Diane L. Bell-McKoy, President and CEO of Associated Black Charities of Maryland; Kevin Liles, Founder and Partner of 300 Entertainment; Kweisi Mfume, Chairman of Morgan State University Board of Regents; Christina “Zane” Roberts, Author, Executive Producer and Philanthropist; Dr. Sheridan Todd Yeary, Senior Pastor, Douglas Memorial Community Church; Mimi Roeder Vaughan, CEO of Roeder Travel.

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— Yahoo-owned Tumblr has named Tatiana Simonian as head of marketing partnerships, where she will be based in Los Angeles. She previously served roles as vp of branded music for Nielsen Entertainment and inaugural head of Twitter Music. 

— Will Hayward joins Joe Media as the company’s first ever chief executive, where he will lead the company’s two U.K. offices. He departs from Dazed Media after serving as chief commercial officer for 11 months and was previously vp of Europe at Buzzfeed. 

— Erika Alfredson has been promoted to vice president of marketing at Sony Music US imprint Columbia Records. She previously served as senior director of marketing at the company, where she has worked on campaigns for artists such as Adele, Beyoncé and Jack White

— Universal Music Group (UMG) has appointed Paulo Lima as president of Universal Music Brazil, replacing José Eboli who departs after 13 years. Lima moves over from his role as partner and CEO of Imusica S.A., where he developed local services such as Claro Musica. 

— Francis Keeling will join Spotify as vp of global head of licensing, where he will be based in London. Most recently he served as head of global digital business and previously held development roles with Vivendi, Launch.com, Pearson and the Financial Times.

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— Timbaland has appointed Gary Marella to executive vice president of Mosley Music Group, where he will oversee the current roster that includes the producer himself, and others such as OneRepublic and Tink. Marella currently still runs Mono Music Group, and he previously served with Roc Nation’s Management company Three Six Zero Group and as svp/promotion at Universal Records. 

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has hired Dave Aussenberg to help bolster the agency’s Music Brand Partnerships Group and will be based in the New York office. He most recently served as a senior manager at Platinum Rye Entertainment  and was previously a senior project manager in Rolling Stone‘s advertising department.

— Elias Chios has been named senior director of promotion for Razor & Tie, where he will be based at the headquarters in New York City. He most recently serves as head of U.S. and Canadian operations at International Solutions and held a variety of positions at Roadrunner Records for more than a decade.