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Executive Turntable: Sony Music VP Gets noted.; ASM’s Sustainable Strategist; Shakeup at Latin Promoter



It’s time for another spindle around the Executive Turntable, Billboard’s comprehensive(ish) compendium of promotions, hirings, exits and firings — and all things in between — across music.

Sony Music Germany appointed Jean-Sebastien Permal and Jenny Walzer to run noted. records, the label giant’s newly launched electronic music imprint. A&R and strategy at the Berlin-based label will be handled by Permal, whose day job is vp of A&R for Europe & Africa, while marketing and operations will be the purview of Walzer, also a senior product manager at Sony Music. The label’s first signing is DJ-producer Anfisa Letyago, whose first track on noted. — “Feelin” — was just released.

Germany is the fourth-biggest market for recorded music, growing 7% in 2023, according to IFPI’s latest global report. The country also has the most dance music listeners on Spotify, on a monthly basis, according to figures via the annual IMS Business Report. Another key finding in that tome: “The global dance music business is now firmly in its post-pandemic growth phase,” with 17% annual growth and a valuation of $11.8 billion.

“Electronic music as a genre has never been as potent as it is today,” said Permal. “We recognized the need to provide a home for artists with a strong and unique musical and visual identity. We are thrilled to have Anfisa Letyago as our first signed artist and are incredibly ambitious about her project.“


ASM Global named veteran sustainability strategist Lindsay Arell as its first-ever chief sustainability officer. The company’s portfolio already boasts more than 50 green certified venues, and Arell’s appointment speaks to its “leadership and commitment to sustainability,” says chief executive and president Ron Bension. Arell said she will will continue to lead Honeycomb Strategies, her 14-year-old consulting firm advising sports and events industry leaders on sustainable strategies. “I’m thrilled at the chance to spearhead ASM’s sustainability initiatives working alongside our teams and communities across our over 400 global venues.” Arell said. “By providing our venue teams with the necessary knowledge and resources, we can accelerate the progress of our program significantly.”

Reservoir made a slate of key promotions at Big Life, its UK-centric artist management agency. Kat Kennedy, Colin Roberts and Claire Kilcourse were promoted to partners, with Kennedy also taking on a new role as managing director, the company said. Combined, the trio have clocked roughly 46 years at Big Life — no small fete. “They’ve all shown incredible loyalty to the company,” said Big Life co-founder Tim Parry. “The longstanding relationships they have built with their clients are testament to their dedication, thoughtfulness, and expertise as managers, and I look forward to the continuing success they will bring to the Big Life brand.”

Samantha Sklar

Position Music promoted Samantha Sklar to vp of A&R at the Virgin Music-distributed indie publisher. Sklar, who joined Position in 2022 following a fruitful tenure at Warner Chappell Music, recently found success with the signing of Jack LaFrantz, who co-wrote Benson Boone’s hit “Beautiful Things.” While at WCM the A&R exec notably signed Stephen Kirk, co-writer of BTS’ “Butter.” Position Music head of A&R Mark Chipello dubbed Sklar a “publisher through and through [who] has an incredible drive to serve writers and create opportunities for them.”

Como No‘s founder Andy Wood announced he’s stepping down as director of the U.K.-based Latin music promoter company after 40 years, with Elena Beltrami unveiled as the new director. Wood will stay on as a non-executive board member. “On a daily basis I have felt humbled by the breadth of talent from Latin America and beyond that I have had the good fortune to work with,” said Wood, who formed Como No in 1985 and founded La Linea Festival, which just wrapped its 24th edition. “It’s been a privilege to work within a culture that I love, and with artists that I love in this great city of ours, for incredible audiences and with supportive venues and partners.” –Griselda Flores

AIM and BPI appointed Roxy Erickson as project manager of its ramped-up Music Climate Pact. The pact, initiated by the two UK organizations, works to bring music businesses together to take collective action to combat the climate crisis. The pact’s signatories include BMG, Beggars Group, Ninja Tune, Partisan Records, Secretly Group and the big three majors. Erickson is co-founder of Creative Zero, a collective of like-minded professions working to “generate positive environmental and social impact throughout the creative industries,” according to its website.

ALL IN THE FAM: Pam Sturchio is Billboard‘s new regional vp of brand partnerships, effective immediately. The Chicagoan joins Billboard after more than 10 years at Conde Nast, where she oversaw Midwest sales for the media company’s sprawling portfolio of brands We also welcomed Lilian Gonzalez as our new e-commerce writer, based in Los Angeles. She was previously an associate producer at POPSUGAR, where she focused on all things beauty and fitness (including the Dance Fitsugar video series).

Joanne Hunter and Renata Muniz launched a new media and brand strategy agency called Out of Office Group. The partners, who both served as vps of media and brand strategy at Def Jam Recordings, have hit the ground running and are already working with several breakout acts, including KenTheMan, Shanae and Genia, among others. You can reach the LA-based Hunter and the NYC-based Muniz at

Dan P Carter, longtime curator of ‘The Rock Show’ on BBC Radio 1, joined Spinefarm Music Group as director of artist development. The London-based rock n’ roll evangelist will work alongside the Spinefarm team to sign and develop artists, and is set to report directly to general manager Jonas Nachsin. Other recent Spinefarm hires include Leah Devine and Tristan Pratt as marketing managers. Spinefarm’s current roster includes Bullet For My Valentine, Atreyu, Airbourne, Killing Joke, Black Label Society and While She Sleeps, among others.

Please & Thank You, an agency specializing in VIP events & experiences, hired a couple veterans of the experiential arts. Meg Pollaro is the Eddie Meehan-founded company’s new vp of business development and partnerships, following notable roles at CAA, WME/Endeavor and Superfly. At P&TY, she’ll connect the dots between brands, consumers and artists. Jason Barrett joined as vp of strategy and development following a GM role at WMX, the creative services division of Warner Music Group. At his politely named new job, Barrett will focus his efforts on creating long-term deals for artists, managers and agents.

Kendra Whitehead

NASHVILLE NOTES: Brown Sellers Brown welcomed Kendra Whitehead as director of artist relations and day-to-day management of Joe Nichols. The veteran radio promoter previously banked 11 years with BMG, specifically with Wheelhouse Records and Red Bow Records … The Folk Alliance International named Jennifer Roe executive director of the organization after holding the post in an interim capacity. She was previously the FAI operations director.

Recording Academy veteran Jeriel Johnson is celebrating early successes following the launch of Telescope Arts & Music Group, his own artist management and consulting company. Johnson, former executive director of the Academy’s DC chapter and most recently a senior director at UMG, announced that his first signing, Bajan singer-songwriter Ayoni, signed a record deal with Def Jam Recordings earlier this month. Johnson is also co-producing the next United States Army Field Band album and, as an artist, helped write a new track on Shenseea’s forthcoming album. You can reach Johnson at

Endeavor hired public policy executive Matt Kaplan as vp of government relations. Kaplan was most recently director of public policy at Meta, with prior experience at Instacart and Lyft. In DC, he has worked for Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and the Biden-Harris campaign in 2020. His appointment at Endeavor was first reported by Variety.

Greg Kastelman joined Park Avenue Artists as co-director of artist bookings, working alongside co-director Devi Reddy. Kastelman spent the last five years running his own booking agency and brings to PAA a roster that includes Brazilian singer Badi Assad and Ethio-American singer Meklit Hadero, among others. “PAA’s approach reaffirmed my confidence that artist managers and agents could be compassionate and forward thinking, affirming artists in their journey,” Kastelman notes. “I am thrilled to be working alongside Devi and the agency to tackle big challenges and embrace unique opportunities.”

BOARD SHORTS: Indie music publishers trade body IMPF elected six new members to its board at its 2024 general assembly in Dublin. They are Emily Stephenson (Downtown Music Publishing), Rosa M. Vizcaíno Gómez (Ediciones Musicales Clipper’s), Claudia Mescoli (Edizioni Curci), Tatjana Bukvić (Tin Drum Music), Cecilia Léon Rodrigo (Ediciones Joaquín Rodrigo) and Denise Andrikopoulou (D-Version Music Publishing) … The National Association of Broadcasters elected five new members to its NAB Radio Board: Mary Menna (Beasley Media), Chris Forgy (Saga Communications), Erik Hellum (Townsquare Media), Tim Swift (Bonneville) and Jerry “J” Chapman (Woof Boom Radio).

Symphonic Distribution hired BMG and UMG veteran Stephen Nightingale as vp of A&R and business development, Canada. Reporting to Symphonic’s chief creative officer, Randall Foster, Nightingale will be responsible for expanding the independent music distribution and marketing company’s roster and building up its partnerships in the region. Based in Toronto, Nightingale was most recently vp of recorded music in Canada for BMG. Earlier in his career, he was a marketing and business development exec at Universal Music Group.

ROYAL TEA: Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have a new executive communications team in place. Charlie Gipson is director of communications and will be point of contact for all UK and European media outlets. Kyle Boulia is deputy press secretary and director of communication for US media relations and is based in Los Angeles. They replace Miranda Barbot, who has been upped to vp of programs and media operation for the D&DofS.


Elliott Wilson

Gary Roden abruptly resigned as general manager of Oak View Group’s Co-op Live, the UK’s biggest arena … Audacy reduced its workforce by “less than 2%” … Elliott Wilson was named editorial director of UPROXX, HipHopDX and Dime magazine … Binetou Sylla will lead Def Jam Africa‘s French-speaking efforts … Kelli Skye Fadroski joined the AEG-owned Arena, Peacock Theater, and L.A LIVE as Manager of Communications.

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