Executive Watch: BMI | digitalmusic.org | Universal Audio | Universal Music Publishing Group | D.W Fearn | Sennheiser | SESAC | I AM PR Agency
BMI - Susan Davenport; digitalmusic.org - Jack Isquith; Rob Currie - Universal Audio; Evan Lamberg - UPG; Doug Fearn - D.W Fearn; John Falcone - Sennheiser; Cappriccieo Scates - SESAC; Shari Baldie - I AM PR
Susan Davenport Austin Elected Chairman of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
Susan Davenport Austin, most recently Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Broadcast Music, Inc. at the company's annual shareholder meeting in Nashville, TN. Ms. Austin succeeds Jack Sander, former Vice Chairman of Belo Corporation in Dallas, Texas, who was elected Presiding Director at the meeting. Ms. Austin, named by Radio Ink Magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in Radio and one of the Most Influential African Americans in Radio, joined the BMI board in 2007.
Austin is both the first woman and the first African-American elected to serve as Chairman of the BMI Board.
Jack Isquith Named Chair of digitalmusic.org's Music Subscription Work Group
digitalmusic.org, the virtual home of music business association NARM's digital initiatives, announced that Jack Isquith has been named Chair of its Music Subscription Work Group. Isquith is the Senior VP of Strategic Development at Slacker Radio and previously served as Senior VP of Digital Music at Warner Bros. Records, where he drove 13 straight quarters of revenue growth. Now, he will put his extensive experience in the digital world to work addressing the operational and business concerns of cloud-based, monetized music sources.
"The growth in the music industry has been trending toward digital for years now," said Isquith. "digitalmusic.org understands that the problems we face in the online-music world differ substantially from those which have faced a mature physical industry, and I'm looking forward to diving into these specific issues and helping to find solutions."
Rob Currie Joins Universal Audio As Chief Technology Officer And VP Of Engineering
Universal Audio is pleased to announce the addition of Rob Currie to the company, as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering. In his new role, Currie will oversee the day-to-day operations of the engineering department, as well as form the long-term technical vision and roadmap.
Currie comes to Universal Audio with a broad range of leadership experience in the software, consumer electronics, and audio industries. At Digidesign, Currie served as VP of Software Engineering where he was a member of the team that created Pro Tools – the revolutionary DAW production software. Since then, he has held senior executive positions at a range of tech companies including Research In Motion, Dash Navigation, Strangeberry/Tivo, and Marimba.
Evan Lamberg Promoted To President Of Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), North America
Universal Music Group (UMG) has promoted Evan Lamberg to President of Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), North America. Formerly, Mr. Lamberg served as Executive Vice President of Creative for UMPG, East Coast.
In this new role, Mr. Lamberg will oversee the North American operations for the industry's leading global music publishing company, including its Pop, Urban, Country, Latin, Christian/Gospel and Canadian divisions. Mr. Lamberg will be based at UMPG's world-wide headquarters in Santa Monica, California.
"Since joining UMPG, I have had the privilege of working with a team of executives that is second to none, along with an unparalleled roster of talent," added Mr. Lamberg. "So the opportunity to continue working with them is a real honor. I'm thankful to both Zach and Lucian, and look forward to ensuring that UMPG remains the number one music publisher, the first choice for songwriters, producers and artists, and an invaluable resource for our many label partners."
Moreover, it was also announced today that UMPG has created a global board that will seek to further maximize opportunities for UMPG talent and business partners on a worldwide basis. The UMPG Global Board will include Mr. Lamberg, Paul Connolly (President, UK and Europe), Eddie Fernandez (Senior Vice President, Latin America), Andrew Jenkins (Executive Vice President, Asia Pacific Region/Industry Affairs), Gary Gross (Worldwide President, Universal Publishing Production Music), and Michael J. Sammis (Executive Vice President – Operations & Chief Financial Officer Worldwide).
D.W Fearn Founder Hails A Great Year
Doug Fearn - the founder of D.W.Fearn is heading to AES 2011 in an optimistic mood this year. D.W Fearn has had a banner year by any standards, even with the economy forcing a lot of audio companies to cut costs and overheads. Never one to even slightly compromise the quality of the signal processors that he single handedly designs and oversees the marketing and distribution of, Doug has even found time this year to start a series of You Tube seminars describing how to get the most from the gear he so lovingly brings to market.
Doug says "Despite the general distrust of the world economy, D.W. Fearn sales have been strong in 2011. We've been doing well, selling more and more to the private studios and individual producers than ever before.
It shows that if you have a well-made product aimed at the right audience, then there will always be sales. Our VT-2 Dual-Channel Vacuum Tube Microphone Preamplifier continues to sell strongly, year after year, and 2011 was no exception. VT-1 (the single-channel version of the mic preamp) sales have actually gone up this year. And our VT-7 Stereo Compressor is as popular as ever, especially for mixing and mastering. Even the relatively new VT-12 70dB Vacuum Tube Mic Preamp has generated a lot of interest and sales this year."
Sennheiser appoints John Falcone Vice President Sales, Americas
Effective January 1, 2012, John Falcone, President and CEO of Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, Old Lyme CT, will be promoted to the position of Vice President Sales, Americas. In his new position, Falcone will head business in the entire Americas region, encompassing the United States, Canada and Latin America. Having run Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, the US subsidiary, very successfully for the past 13 years, he moves on to his new enlarged responsibility for the entire American Region, thus taking on a more global role. Recently Sennheiser had engaged in a major restructuring program to improve customer focus and market knowledge. In the course of this restructuring program, Sennheiser had also reorganized sales operations into three major regions: The Americas, EMEA and Asia.
Greg Beebe, newly appointed President, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, Jean Langlais, President Sennheiser Canada as well as Markus Warlitz, newly appointed General Manager of Sennheiser Latin America, will report to John Falcone as Vice President Sales, Americas.
Under Falcone's management the US subsidiary, representing a significant portion of Sennheiser's global business, had achieved record sales numbers, thus contributing significantly to the global business success of the Sennheiser group.
SESAC Promotes Cappriccieo Scates To Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations
SESAC announced the promotion of Cappriccieo Scates to the position of Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations. Scates, who heads SESAC's Atlanta office, will continue to recruit songwriters and publishers in all musical genres as well as maintaining relationships with current affiliates. Scates was most recently SESAC's Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, where he was responsible for signing a number of significant writers including current SESAC Songwriter of the Year, Rico Love. Scates also helped broaden the scope of a PRO's traditional role for affiliates by establishing the educational lecture series "Tempo Tuesdays," featuring speakers from various aspects of business.
"I am delighted to announce the well-deserved promotion of Cappriccieo Scates," said Trevor Gale, Senior Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations. "Atlanta is a diverse and important city boasting a wide spectrum of musical styles and Cappriccieo has done an exemplary job in helping to establish SESAC's strong presence in this vibrant city. We look forward to Cappriccieo's participation in SESAC's continued growth."
I AM PR Agency Appoints Junior Publicist
After gaining PR experience in a variety of industries, Shari Baldie brings her diverse PR background to I AM PR Agency.
Baldie got her start in PR while in college promoting events and creating campaigns with the PRSSA. As an intern at Quantum Networks she learned the importance of utilizing social media in marketing. Upon graduating, Baldie furthered her PR skills as Social Media Coordinator for Global Green Pals and Studio Manager for Joe Ginsberg Design.
Head of PR at I AM PR Agency, Olivia Dikambi says: "I am excited to bring Shari on board. Her diverse PR background adds to the diversity of our agency as we continue to expand."
An Iona College graduate in Mass Communication, Shari Baldie will serve as support to key accounts, and will be responsible for the coordination and execution of all PR requirements aligned to clients' campaigns.
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