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Executive Turntable: Key Hires at Mechanical Licensing Collective, UMG A&R Exec Lands at Milk & Honey

A rundown of new hires and promotions across the music business, including at the Mechanical Licensing Collective, Milk & Honey and Warner Music Asia.

The Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) has announced several key new hires, including Ellen Truley as chief marketing officer, Leigh McCorkle as chief people officer, Dae Bogan as head of third-party partnerships, Serona Elton as head of education partnerships and Lindsey Major as head of customer experience.

As CMO, Truley will leverage her experience in marketing, brand strategy, digital initiatives, advertising and public relations to help The MLC build a communications operation.

McCorkle, who most recently served as executive director of human resources at BMI, will lead the MLC’s human resources efforts.

Bogan is a music creators’ rights advocate, tech company founder and adjunct lecturer at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He will lead The MLC’s efforts to engage third-party entities that provide creator and publisher support in the areas of rights administration, data management, operations and education.

Elton, a professor who serves as director of the Music Business & Entertainment Industries Program and associate dean of administration at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, will head up The MLC’s efforts to engage future music industry members who are currently studying music business and related subjects at colleges and universities worldwide.

Finally, Major has served in roles at companies including SmileDirectClub and Lyft to enhance their customer service operations, including developing staff training programs and building support tools to improve interactions.


The MLC is the U.S. Copyright Office-approved entity which will oversee the blanket mechanical license formed by the landmark Music Modernization Act of 2018. It is slated to begin operations on January 1, 2021 under the leadership of CEO Kris Ahrend.



Dean Gillard has been named executive vp of Heldeep Records, the electronic house label led by Milk & Honey Management and owned by Milk & Honey client Oliver Heldens. The news was announced by Milk & Honey founder and president Lucas Keller on Monday (April 27).

With his newly-formed Nocturn Music Group, Gillard will work with Heldens and Milk & Honey electronic music co-heads Alex Harrow and Dave Frank to turn Heldeep from a startup into a mainstay electronic label.

Gillard arrives at Heldeep from Universal Music Group, where he served as vp, international marketing and A&R for the company’s global dance network PM: AM Recordings. During his tenure there, he worked on global releases for Tiesto, Avicii, Jonas Blue, Meduza, Jax Jones, Martin Solveig and Axwell & Ingrosso, among others.



Warner Music has hired Chris Gobalakrishna as senior vp, finance and operations in Asia, it was announced Wednesday (April 29). Based in Hong Kong, Gobalakrishna will report to Warner Music Asia president Simon Robson.

Gobalakrishna arrives at Warner Music from travel company WorldVentures, where he served as CFO. He previously held roles at BMG, where he worked his way up to vp of finance at BMG International, and Sony Music, where he served as senior vp, global digital business and new business initiatives. In 2012 he was hired as CFO, digital, enterprises, research marketing, events and social media at Univision Communications before moving on to senior finance roles at Workstride, Beachbody and Tone It Up.



Nashville-based music solutions company ONErpm has added a number of key staff members in locations across the globe.

New hires in the U.S. include Orlando McGhee (head of urban) and Erica Bowen (project manager urban) in Atlanta; Joseph Aldulaimi (A&R) and Alex Shahparnia (partner relations) in Los Angeles; Adam Mehl (head of U.S. Latin), Jordyn Reese (director, global advertising & audience development), Mariana Franco Borrero (partner relations U.S.) and Julian Duque (marketing director U.S.) in Miami; and Will Sword (associate director of artist & audience development) in New York.

International hires include Eva Bautista (marketing manager), Eduardo Fauquie (country manager) and Ramiro McTersse (A&R) in Madrid; Nadezhda Boychevski (business development/head of A&R), Gleb Lisichkin (marketing director) and Andrey Begtin (marketing coordinator) in Moscow; and Osagie Osarenz (country manager) in Lagos.



Sony/ATV’s U.K. division has promoted Sarah “Pixie” Pickering and Chris Jones to vice president, creative and vice president, licensing, respectively, the company announced Monday (April 27). The two will additionally serve as co-heads of the publisher’s synchronization team in the U.K.

In her new role, Pickering will be responsible for enacting creative strategies for the U.K. synch division across all media while working with clients and songwriters to create new synch opportunities. Jones will lead Sony/ATV U.K.’s licensing strategy and set the agenda for pricing and negotiation for its synch business.

Pickering and Jones, who will both report directly to Sony/ATV U.K. co-managing directors David Ventura and Tim Major, will be supported by Nick Oakes, who has taken on the newly-created role of director, U.K. synch.

Pickering kicked off her career at ITV Yorkshire in 2004 and later became a music consultant at EMI Production Music. After Sony/ATV merged with EMI in 2012, she moved to London to manage Sony/ATV’s production music sales team. Her most recent position at Sony/ATV was head of creative supervision and catalogue synch.

Jones began his career as a synch & licensing assistant at EMI Music Publishing in 2004 and worked his way up to senior licensing manager, before transferring to Sony/ATV during the 2012 merger. He was promoted to head of synch & licensing at Sony/ATV in 2013.



Polydor Records announced Wednesday (April 29) that it has promoted both Lucy Dann and Stephen Hallowes to the role of marketing director.

Dann joined Polydor as marketing manager in 2012 and was eventually promoted to head of marketing. Hallowes joined the label as digital marketing manager in 2009 and worked his way up to head of digital. The two forged a working relationship while collaborating on releases for Ellie Goulding, Gary Barlow and Take That; they became joint heads of marketing in 2017.

Individually, Dann has worked on campaigns for the Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again soundtrack as well as singer-songwriter Becky Hill, while Hallowes has been instrumental in campaigns for Mabel, Jax Jones, Years & Years and Haim. Together, they’ve overseen a team that has worked campaigns for Sam Fender, Celeste, Billie Eilish, Eminem and Lana Del Rey.