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Executive Turntable: New Appointments at UMG, SiriusXM, Spotify & More

A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including at Kobalt, UMG, Spotify, SiriusXM and more.

— Music Service company Kobalt has hired Lonny Olinick as senior vice president of strategic business development, where he will be based in Los Angeles. He has previously served at BMG, Bain & Company and in an executive role at Rinse.

— MTV’s senior publicist Tamika Young is departing from her role and will move to Spotify, where she will join the communications team. She has served various positions at MTV for eight years. 

— Universal Music Group (UMG) has appointed Gautam Srivastava to executive vice president of human resources, where he will be based in Santa Monica. He will also join the company’s Executive Management Board and serve as a liaison to UMG’s parent company Vivendi. Srivastava most recently served as senior VV, chief human resources officer, at Shutterfly, Inc. 

— UMG also has named Graham Parker as president of the company’s roster of U.S. classical labels, part of the Verve Label Group. He will be based in New York and oversee UMG’s labels such as Grammophon and Decca Records. Parker most recently served as general manager of classical radio station WQXR and previously as senior VP of New York Public Radio.

— Rebecca Silverstein has departed from her position as director of PR for The FADER, after working for the company for ten years, and will serve as director of PR for Songkick.

Casey Rae is departing as CEO of Future of Music Coalition (FMC) and will be joining SiriusXM as director of music licensing. She has served the FMC for a decade. Current FMC staffer Kevin Erickson will take on an expanded leadership role focusing on both organizing and policy.

— Live Nation Canada has appointed Erik Hoffman to president of Toronto, moving from his position of senior VP, talent in Vancouver, and John May to president of media and corporate partnerships.

Talent agency APA is expanding its Nashville office, taking over a new 15,000 square-foot space in the One Nashville Place building. “APA Nashville represents some of the most talented, notable and celebrated entertainers in country and adult contemporary music,” wrote svp and partner Steve Lassiter in a statement, “as well as some very promising emerging artists. Our vision has always been growth-oriented, and I look forward to what is to come.”

— Shira Mahler is departing from iHeartMedia’s marketing and communications, after serving for five years, and will join Sunshine Sachs where she will work on their music business.

ADAthe independent distribution and service arms of Warner Music Group, has announced a global partnership with Real Gone Music, which is now being physically distributed in the U.S. and digitally worldwide by ADA.