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Executive Turntable: Solid Foundation Boards New Partner; BBC Hires D&I Director

Also this week: Major Bob Music announces two high-level creative promotions, Authentic Brands Group names an executive vice chairman and more.

Brandon Farmer was named partner at Solid Foundation Management, a subsidiary of Quality Control Artist Management which recently announced a joint venture with SoundCloud to develop and manage new artists. Farmer will focus on expanding the Solid Foundation roster beyond the current Quality Control Music roster. He can be reached at brandon@solidfoundationmgmt.com.

Chinny Okolidoh joined the BBC as director of diversity and inclusion. In the role, she will lead and develop the broadcaster’s diversity and inclusion team, collaborate with directors and their teams across the BBC to drive best practices and oversee the development and execution of initiatives related to on-air and production talent representation, commissioning guidelines, diversity and inclusion training programs and metrics to measure progress. Okolidoh will officially step into the role later this year.


Major Bob Music promoted Andy Friday to head of creative and Graham Kothman to creative director. Their work will encompass all artists, songwriters and producers across Major Bob’s integrated imprints, including artists Garth Brooks, Julia Cole, MAYLYN and Zach Top and producers and songwriters Nash Overstreet, Andy Sheridan, Ben Williams and Colin Healy, among others. Friday can be reached at AFriday@majorbob.com and Kothman can be reached at graham@majorbob.com.

Matt O’Toole was named executive vice chairman at brand development, marketing and entertainment company Authentic Brands Group (ABG), which owns a portfolio of global media, entertainment and lifestyle brands. He will work alongside ABG’s leadership team on new brand acquisitions, driving strategic initiatives and supporting the global expansion of Reebok.

Sourav Nayak was promoted to chief financial officer at Soundstripe, a provider of royalty-free music, video and sound effects for creators. Based in Washington, D.C., Nayak was previously vp of finance. In his new role, he’ll expand his oversight of the company’s financial strategy, capital raising, product pricing, financial planning and analysis and treasury and data analytics.

Bryce Carr and Kristine Marshall joined Sixthman, a concert producer that specializes in music festivals at sea, as senior directors of business development. They can be reached at brycecarr@sixthman.net and kristinemarshall@sixthman.net.

Christine Osazuwa was named chief strategy officer at live entertainment ticketing and event marketing startup Shoobs. In the role, she will help develop the company’s marketing and brand partnerships strategy. She can be reached at christine@shoobs.com.

B2B streaming technology specialist Tuned Global appointed Rick Gleave to the newly-created role of senior vp, head of Europe & MENA. The London-based Gleave will drive the company’s growth across the Europe and MENA regions, scaling up its local operations and network of clients and partners. He will also oversee the expansion of Tuned Global’s local teams. He can be reached at rick.gleave@tunedglobal.com.

Longtime agents and business partners Ron Kaplan and Gary Buck joined Reliant Talent Agency, where they also brought agents Alex Buck and Ashley Marchi. Kaplan can be reached at rkaplan@relianttalent.com, Gary Buck can be reached at gbuck@relianttalent.com, Alex Buck can be reached at abuck@relianttalent.com and Marchi can be reached at amarchi@relianttalent.com.

Riser House Entertainment hired Kirby Smith as director of A&R and publishing. She can be reached at Kirby@riserhouse.com.

ASM Global named Dan Hoffend as executive vp of convention centers. Hoffend will lead the company’s convention growth plan, serve as ASM Global’s industry spokesperson and design and implement long-term business strategies that strengthen existing account relationships. He will additionally be tasked with creating opportunity for new account development and designing new revenue streams to facilitate the company’s growth. He can be reached at dan@asmglobal.com.

Women in Music Canada hired Robyn Stewart as executive director. In the role, Stewart will oversee all aspects of the non-profit, including its numerous educational, career development and networking events, as well as programming, industry engagement, research and advocacy initiatives. She can be reached at robyn@womeninmusic.ca.

The Ryan Seacrest Foundation promoted Nicole Mead to vp of business development and operations and Katie Klochany to digital strategy and CRM Specialist, while Faith Halfpap joined as administrative assistant. Mead will build and manage relationships with donors, corporations, hospital partners, vendors and the entertainment community while Klochany will manage the foundation’s social media accounts and blog and develop creative assets and digital marketing strategies. Additionally, the foundation named Phil Guerini (Jonas Group Entertainment) and Claudine Cazian (Meta) to the board and Keith Rothschild (RCA Records) and Devin DeToro (Red Light Management) as industry advisors.

Music metaverse platform PIXELYNX named the following executives to its advisory board: Angela Dalton (Signum Growth Capital), David Grutman (Groot Hospitality), Dina LaPolt (LaPolt Law), Jay Rosenzweig (Rosenzweig & Company), Ray Lee (Pear Pop), Rishi Patel (Plus Eight Capital Management), Rudy Koch (Mythical Games) and Ryan Gill (Crucible and Open Meta DAO).