Latest Music Industry Hiring: Belmont, PPL, Warner Music Group, Unhurd, BMG, more

As part of one of the music industry’s hirings and promotions in May, Belmont named 15-time Grammy winner CeCe Winans (center) as its first artist in residence. Photo credit: Belmont University

Here is a summary of recent hires and internal promotions in the music industry as of May 10, 2023.

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Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator

The White House has appointed former Paramount anti-piracy executive (and former RIAA regional adviser) Deborah Robinson as intellectual property enforcement coordinator. In a statement, RIAA chief Mitch Glazier “thanked President Biden for selecting such an outstanding candidate to drive intelligent, pro-growth IP policies and enforcement practices around the world.”

Belmont University

Belmont has named CeCe Winans Artist in Residence for Fall 2023. In addition to “collaborating with members of the Belmont community on campus events” as part of the agreement, a performance by the gospel’s leading man at the university’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts is also scheduled for September 15.


10-year-old Unilever executive Suzi Ibbotson has signed on as communications director at PPL.

Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLP

36-year-old Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman veterinarian Todd Bonder has joined Reitler as a partner.


Universal Music’s UMe catalog company has named Tim Plumley, a seven-year team member (and former New West Records media executive), as vice president of media and artist relations.


Val Blavatnik, the son of Access Industries owner Len Blavatnik, was elected to Warner Music’s board of directors (and appointed to the major label board), replacing Lens’ brother Alex Blavatnik.


Former AWAL CEO Paul Trueman has become unhurd’s first COO, and Hazel Savage, VP of Music Intelligence at SoundCloud (who participated in unhurd’s seed round in March), has joined the board of the AI ​​music empowerment startup .


BMG has named longtime Rise Records executive Sean Heydorn as SVP of the Portland-based label and frontline catalogue.


VuHaus Group has hired Engage Youth Operations Manager Michelle Conrad as Marketing Manager, Sixthman Venue Manager Zac Altheimer as Sponsorships and Partnerships Coordinator, and founding team member Michele Tharp as Partnerships Marketing Consultant.

VDC trade

VDC has hired veteran sales professional Jason Shaw as its UK sales manager “to fuel the company’s post-Covid growth”.

Warner Music Latina

Former Universal Music Latino PR Manager Carlos Pérez has joined Warner Music Latina as SVP of Communications and PR, based in Miami.

Bose professional

Transom has hired former Blue Microphones CEO John Maier to lead the new independent Bose Professional.

Concord Music Publishing

Concord has promoted 25-year publishing veteran Brooke Primont to EVP of Global Sync.

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