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Executive Turntable: UMG Exec Departs; Moves at Berklee, Warner Music, Three Six Zero

Warner Music Group names Heath Kudler executive vice president, global repertoire acquisition, Tom Bennett is leaving Universal Music Group as global boss of merchandising, Three Six Zero appoints…

— Heath Kudler has been appointed to a newly created position as executive vice president, global repertoire acquisition, for Warner Music Group (WMG). He served business & legal affairs at Epic Records from 2011 to 2014 and at Island Def Jam for 15 years.

— Tom Bennett is departing from Universal Music Group (UMG) as global boss of merchandising: the third UMG executive to leave this month. He has served as CEO of Bravado for eight years and will continue to work with UMG as a consultant to the major. Matt Vlasic, former leader in the merchandising division at Sony Music, will succeed Bennett as Bravado CEO.


Music management and entertainment firm Three Six Zero appointed Amy Wheatley as head of UK Marketing. She previously served as marketing manager for Columbia Records UK, for acts including Calvin Harris and Leon Bridges.

— Mark Kaczor will join Los Angeles station KCSN as the new music director, starting March 14.

— SESAC has promoted Cathy Grizzell from vice president to senior vice president, human resources and administration, and Ellen Bligh Truley from vice president to senior vice president of Corporate Relations. Grizzell joined the company in 1981 and Truley joined in 1996.

— Atlas Music Publishing has added Iris Pagan-Frank to its expanding team as a controller. She was previously controller for Razor and Tie for 15 years.

— Richard James Burgess, chief executive office of A2IM (the American Association of Independent Music), has been appointed to board of directors at non-profit collective management organization SoundExchange.

— BMG has appointed Alistair Norbury as executive vice president international artists. He is a former music publisher-turned-artist manager and most recently manager of Bryan Ferry and co-manager of James and Texas.

B2B technology platform SourceAudio has named Douglas Reed as the new executive vice president, business development, radio and library services. Reed had served as vice president/creative director with Premiere Networks, in partnership with SourceAudio.

— Berklee College of Music has named Miky Lee, vice chair of leading Korean entertainment group CJ Group, to its board of trustees. 

— Jim Shelby has been appointed as the new general manager of the growing music rights company Concord Music Group. He was CEO of Naxos of America from 2007 to the end of 2013 and was previously SVP of Digital at Canada-based music rights firm Ole.