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Executive Turntable: Moves at RIAA, RCA Records UK, SeatGeek & More

A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including RIAA, RCA Records UK, SeatGeek, Dickinson Wright PLLC and Deezer.

Jackie Jones has joined RIAA as vp artist and industry relations, the organization announced on Monday (April 1). She will be based in the company’s Nashville office and work in tandem with RIAA veteran Joel Flatow on the industry relations team.

“Jackie is a welcome addition to our strong industry relations team, with deep ties to Nashville and an established track record within the artist and label community that make her a perfect fit for this role. We are lucky to have her,” said RIAA chairman and CEO Mitch Glazier.


“We are excited to welcome Jackie to the RIAA family,” added Flatow, RIAA’s senior vp artist and industry relations and chief of West Coast operations. “Jackie’s relationships within Nashville will no doubt allow her to hit the ground running and I look forward to working with her to help serve the world-renowned artist and label community in Music City USA.”

RCA Records UK announced Damaris Rex-Taylor and Phil Youngman‘s hirings Tuesday (April 2) as the label’s new director of marketing and director of promotions, respectively. Both will be based in London and report to managing director Stacey Tang.

“I am thrilled Damaris is joining RCA,” said Tang in a statement. “We will be a more dynamic label with her intellect and skillset driving the marketing team forward and delivering our artists’ stories. Phil is widely recognized as one of the most dynamic executives in the business having consistently propelled artists to massive successes throughout his career. I am absolutely delighted that he is bringing his wealth of experience and incomparable energy to RCA. His collaborative team spirit and strategic approach will enhance our promotions teams and reinforce RCA’s stature as a progressive label.”

SeatGeek announced Thursday (April 4) that Danielle du Toit will be joining the company in the newly-created role as president of enterprise business. In the new position, du Toit will be based in New York City and responsible for directing product, sales, implementation, support and success for all of SeatGeek’s ticketing partners.

“Danielle is a force of nature,” said Jack Groetzinger, the company’s CEO and co-founder in a statement. “Ever since I first met her, I knew she is the perfect person to oversee SeatGeek Enterprise globally. We have seen incredible momentum in the United States and Europe, and Danielle has the right background to propel SeatGeek Enterprise into a major global platform.”

On Tuesday (April 2), Dickinson Wright, PLLC announced Colleen Kelley is joining the firm’s Music Row office in Nashville as an associate.

“I’ve been impressed by Ms. Kelley’s career accomplishments and undeniable skills for some time,” said Derek Crownover, international head of the firm’s entertainment, sports and media practice group. “Since meeting years ago, we always knew we would eventually work together. She’s become an extremely well-rounded lawyer, and will add quick value for our growing record, film and music publishing practices.”

Deezer has named Nigel Harding as its new vp artist marketing, the company announced on Thursday (April 4). Harding will be based at the streaming service’s London headquarters.

“Helping talented artists reach new and bigger audiences is one of the most rewarding things we can do as a streaming service,” said Alexander Holland, Deezer’s chief content and product officer in a statement. “I look forward to working closely with Nigel to build on the wide range of creative marketing activations we’ve done with artists so far and to continue building Deezer’s standing with artists all over the world.”