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Executive Turntable: Moves at Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Pandora & More

A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including at…

Warner Music Group (WMG) announced on Friday (Nov. 9) that longtime executives Trent Tappe and Maryrose Maness have received promotions within the general counsel. Tappe has been named to SVP of general counsel and chief compliance officer, while Maness has been named SVP, deputy general counsel.

Tappe was most recently SVP, chief corporate governance and securities counsel and chief compliance officer where he supported the board of director functions, did SEC reporting and capital market transactions, the company’s compliance program and corporate M&A. Maness was previously SVP of chief employment and corporate infrastructure counsel where she was responsible for managing employee relations like wage and hours, affirmative actions and benefit matters.

Both Tappe and Maness were named on Billboard’s prestigious Top Music Lawyers list in 2017 and 2018.

“Trent and Maryrose are two of the most astute and insightful legal minds it has been my pleasure to work with,” said Paul Robinson, EVP of general counsel and secretary. “Trent and Maryrose are skilled at delivering positive outcomes that are not only compliant with law and contract, but are also fair. I am very pleased to announce these richly deserved promotions.”

Sol Rashidi has been appointed EVP and chief data officer at Sony Music Entertainment, it was announced Monday (Nov. 5). She will be based in New York City and will report to Dennis Kooker, president, global digital business and U.S. sales.

In the newly created role, Rashidi will primarily be tasked with building and leading a global team focused on advancing Sony Music’s data strategy and capabilities at an international level. Additionally, she will develop business intelligence and technology solutions for use across the company’s labels and business units.

“We are thrilled to have Sol leading our newly created global data strategy team,” said Kooker. “Data and analytics now play a vital role in all phases of our business, and we are committed to investing in the skill sets and technologies that enhance our leadership in this critical area. Sol’s expertise in developing data insights that shape strategic thinking and drive business solutions will allow us to further enhance our opportunities with the creative community, our business partners and fans around the world.”

“I am very excited to be joining Sony Music at a time when the music industry is undergoing a huge transformation driven by technology and data,” added Rashidi. “I look forward to working with many of the talented executives across the organization to enrich the data-centric strategies that deliver actionable insights for enhancing service to Sony Music’s artists and business partners, growing commercial opportunities, identifying talent and reaching music fans.”

Pandora announced on Monday (Nov. 5) that Lindsay Bowen has been named the company’s VP of podcasts and entertainment content partnerships.

Under this new role, Bowen will be responsible for leading Pandora’s external partnerships for all podcast and entertainment initiatives. He will also act as the liaison between sales, product, finance, legal and external partnerships for confirming deals, designing the business models and working closely with Pandora’s creation and programming teams to define offerings for podcasts.

“We are very happy to welcome Lindsay aboard,” said Elizabeth Moody, Pandora’s VP of global content licensing. “His background of advising podcasters on overall strategy and negotiating a wide variety of audio and entertainment agreements is perfect for his role at Pandora as the leader for podcast and non-music acquisitions.”

“I’m excited to join the team at Pandora — I’ve been involved in the industry as an advisor for some time, but this role gets me out of the coaches’ box and onto the court,” said Bowen. “As a podcast nerd, I’m also excited that with its upcoming podcast launch, Pandora is already meeting major industry challenges by solving discovery, deepening its strong relationships with brands, and providing a best-in-class experience for a listener base that is as large as the entire current podcast audience. By applying what it does so well with in music to other forms of content, Pandora will be a major player in audio. ”

Bowen previously worked at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP as a partner.

In other moves at Pandora, Christine Colbert has been named senior manager, industry relations – indie, it was announced Monday (Nov. 5) Colbert will report to Marisa Fair, director, industry relations, and will be based in New York.

The newly created role places a point of emphasis on the rising importance of independent artists and labels in the music business.

“Independent music is a hugely important ingredient in everything we do at Pandora,” said vp of industry relations and artist marketing Jeff Zuchowski. “Christine is a true indie label veteran and alongside Marisa gives Pandora formidable expertise in the indie space here at Pandora.”

Prior to joining Pandora, Colbert most recently worked as North American project and communications manager at Warp Records, where she aided names like Brian Eno, Grizzly Bear and Hudson Mohawke.

Concord Music has announced the promotion of Rebecca Berman to SVP/co-head international. Additionally, it has announced the hiring of Michael Nance, who will join Berman in running the department.

“Both Michael and Rebecca’s proven track records of global artist development will uniquely strengthen Concord Music labels’ ability to grow their respective artists’ careers,” said Tom Whalley, Concord Music’s chief label officer. “Having them join together to run our international marketing teams will position our artists for greater worldwide success. I look forward to working with both of them as we continue to build upon our global opportunities.”

Berman has led the label’s international marketing efforts for more than a decade, and has been instrumental in the success of artists such as Paul Simon, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and St. Vincent. Nance, who most recently served as EVP global at Warner Bros. Records, has had a major impact on the careers of artists and bands like Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance and Michael Bublé.

Morris Higham Management announced on Monday (Nov. 5) that Robert Filhart will be joining their team. In his new role, he will oversee management for country newcomer, Carlton Anderson.

“I have known Robert for over a decade now and I’ve always admired his unwavering support of our music, songs and artists,” said Morris Higham president Clint Higham. “Robert possesses that innate natural talent and heart to become one of the greats as a manager in our business.”

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with many talented artists over the years,” added Filhart, “and there is something so incredibly special about Carlton. I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to make his promising career my focus. The team at Morris Higham is remarkable and I know we’re going to accomplish great things together.”

Filhart Joins Morris Mingham Management after spending 10 years at ASCAP as a creative director. He signed and worked with a number of artists including Brandy Clark, Jordan Davis, Brett Young and more.

Deckstar Management and YM&U Group has hired Christine Chiappetta as director of radio, it was announced Friday (Nov. 9). She will be based in Los Angeles.

In the new role, Chiappetta will coordinate the promotion and marketing of YM&U’s music artists, which include Steve Aoki, blink-182 and Cheat Codes. She’ll also work with the group’s U.K. roster, which includes James Arthur and Clean Bandit.

“Christine is an awesome addition to what we are building,” said Lawrence Vavra, managing director at Deckstar and senior partner at YM&U. “Her experience, expertise at radio and tireless energy is an integral piece to what we believe a management company needs to be and are excited to have her be a part of our team.”

“I’m extremely excited to join the stellar group of artists and executives at Deckstar; it’s a great fit for me personally and professionally,” added Chiappetta. “I’d like to thank Lawrence Vavra and Matt Colon for the opportunity to join their remarkable team and continue building a management company that’s second to none.

Over the course of her career, Chiappetta has worked for several major labels, including Columbia Records and Mercury Records. Most recently, she worked as svp of promotion at Island Def Jam Music Group.