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Executive Turntable: Recording Academy Names Membership VP, SOCAN Appoints New CFO

A rundown of music industry hires and promotions at The Recording Academy, Warner Chappell France, SOCAN and more.

The Recording Academy has named Kelley Purcell vp of membership & industry relations, effective immediately. She will report to chief industry officer Ruby Marchand.

In the role, Purcell will oversee all aspects of “membership outreach, peer review, member account services, and the Academy’s chapter systems, including regional and local teams, chapter events and programming and all facets of chapter service.” Her appointment follows a recent restructure at the Academy, with the goal of streamlining the organization while refining its focus on its service to music.


“We are pleased to have Kelley as our Vice President of Membership & Industry Relations,” said Marchand in a release. “Her expertise and history of being a driving force within the Membership & Industry Relations department make her a great asset to this organization. This is yet another step towards the Academy’s transformational commitment as we strive for greater inclusivity and work to ensure our membership reflects the diverse individuals who make up our music community.”

Purcell joined the Recording Academy as executive director of the Los Angeles chapter in 2013. She was later named senior director of member outreach, which had her spearheading industry outreach across the membership & industry relations department. During her time in the role, she project-managed a cross-department team of IT, digital media and communications colleagues over a two-year period while implementing “historic” changes to the Academy’s membership systems. She additionally led recruitment efforts to diversify the Academy’s membership and served as the liaison to the organization’s first-ever peer review panel.

“I’m extremely passionate about the work I’ve done at the Academy over the past seven years and I’m thrilled to continue focusing my efforts on building a diverse membership body that feels heard, supported and represented,” said Purcell. “It’s important that our members understand that they have the power to influence and shape the future of the music industry, whether that’s through advocacy efforts, voting in the GRAMMY Awards process, or beyond.”

Prior to the Academy, Purcell was executive director of Harvardwood, a global nonprofit “for members of the Harvard University community who believe in the purpose and power of the arts.” She has also worked at Island Def Jam Music Group, Monitor Deloitte and Goldstar.

SOCAN has appointed Robert Bennett as the company’s chief financial officer, effective Nov. 9.

Bennett was most recently lead financial officer, capital markets, technology and operations at BMO Financial Group, where he oversaw multiple aspects of financial planning and forecasting, accounting and financial management and the amalgamation of financial technology within operations functions. Prior to that, he was director of finance at Edward Jones Canada and chief financial officer at RBC Dexia Investor Services Trust.

“Robert Bennett’s more than 20 years of financial expertise will serve SOCAN well,” said SOCAN interim CEO Jennifer Brown. “His impressive financial management, revenue reporting and strategic financial planning experience make him an excellent addition to the executive team.”

Caroline Molko is stepping down as managing director of Warner Chappell Music (WCM) in France after 18 years in the position. She will be succeeded by Matthieu Tessier, who has served as head of A&R at WCM in France for nearly five years, on Jan. 5, 2021. The transition will take place over the next two months.

Tessier, who joined WCM in 2007 as junior artistic director, will report to WCM co-chair and CEO Guy Moot. During his time at the publisher and with Molko’s support, he has signed songwriters including Angele, Aya Nakamura, Benjamin Clementine, Lilly Wood & The Prick, Julio Masidi and Parcels and has helped develop artists including Paul Ecole, Orelsan, Skread and MHD.

“After working night and day for more than three decades in the industry, I’m looking to take a break before embarking on my next adventure,” said Molko in a statement. “I’d like to wish Matthieu all the luck in the world as he steps into what’s one of the best jobs in the music business.”

During her time as managing director, Molko acquired the repertoires of Christophe Maé, Oxmo Puccino, Renaud and Soprano. She received the Grand Prix de l’édition musicale from SACEM and was made a Knight of the National Order of Merit by the French president for her contributions to the country’s music industry.

B2B music streaming and tech company Tuned Global has named Andrew Stess head of sales & business development for the U.S., a newly-created role. Stess is tasked with supporting Tuned Global’s growth in the U.S. He will report to chief revenue officer Spiro Arkoudis and be based in San Francisco.

Stess has held CEO roles at AmpliFIND Music Services and MusicIP. He also served as vp of consumer electronics at All Media Guide (AMG) and as director of business development at Gracenote. He has additionally advised on sales, business development, strategy and products for companies including Audiobridge, Dash Radio, LyricFind and Music Story.

Tuned Global, which offers “turnkey streaming solutions” for audio, video and live radio, has signed partnerships to work on B2B services for Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, Line Music Japan and more.