UMG Nashville Promotes Lori Christian and Rob Femia to Executive Roles


Universal Music Group Nashville (UMGN) you touched Lori Christian And Rob Femia join the board of directors. Christian was promoted to Vice President of Marketing, while Femia was appointed Vice President of business and legal affairs of the group of companies comprising Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Records Nashville, Mercury Nashville and MCA Nashville.

Christian was previously senior vice president of marketing, a role he assumed in 2020 after leading the publicity department at UMG Nashville following the 2012 merger of EMI and UMG.

In her promoted role, she will oversee UMG Nashville’s artist development, brands and sponsorship, creative services, international marketing and media marketing departments for the label’s artist lineup. She has previously worked to launch projects for Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, and Luke Bryan, among others.

Femia has over 15 years of experience practicing entertainment law. After first joining UMG Nashville as head of business and legal affairs in 2013, she was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2018. She has also held positions at Sony BMG, Virgin Records / Capitol Music Group / EMI Music North America and Atlantic Records she.

+ Sony Music USA Latin Miami-based promoted Stephen Geller to the general manager. Sony Music will continue to report to US Latino President Alex Gallardo.

Geller previously served as lead artist strategy and senior vice president of artist relations and marketing on the label’s staff, which includes Becky G, Camilo, Carlos Vives, Christina Aguilera, Christian Nodal and more. In her new role, Geller will continue to manage strategic opportunities for artists, contributing to Puerto Rico and West Coast operations, radio/promotions, video commissions and Sony Music US Latin’s relationship with management companies.

“Latin music has become a respected mainstream music genre, and I am honored at Sony to experience this development every step of the way,” Geller said. “This wouldn’t have been possible without our incredible and passionate staff, managers and amazing artists. Every project is very important to us and we approach every artist with the same care and attention. Many thanks to Alex and Afo [Verde] They gave me the task of developing not only their music broadcasts, but also the careers of the most important artists.”

“Esteban is one of the most dynamic, insightful, energetic and enthusiastic managers in the industry. He has played a key role in our expansion and the continued success of our numerous actions. He is a true team player who does not just envision big ideas; he actively executes them at the highest level.”

+ Lynsey Wollaston He became the new Vice-President and general manager of European festivals. AEG Europe.

Wollaston brings over 16 years of commercial and operational experience to oversee the day-to-day operations of the European team. It will help develop and support the strategic vision for the episode on AEG’s festival roster, including American Express Presents BST Hyde Park and Luno Presents All Points East in London, Rock en Seine in Paris, and Bristol-based Forwards, AEG’s newest festival. . .

“As we prepare for the busy festival season ahead, I look forward to working with Wollaston to deliver the best-in-class events we are famous for and to grow the festivals segment of the business,” said AEG’s Jim King. CEO of European Festivals.

Prior to joining AEG, Wollaston held the role of general manager of festivals and events at Vision Nine Group and previously served as director of global operations at IMG (Arts, Entertainment and Culinary).

+ BMI (Music Broadcasting, Inc.) hired Elice Cuff-CampbelHe is the senior director of media relations to lead the communications efforts of BMI’s Nashville and Austin offices. He will report to Liz Fischer, BMI’s senior vice president of corporate communications and marketing, and will work closely with Clay Bradley, VP of Creative, Nashville.

Cuff-Campbell will also oversee media relations for BMI Nashville’s numerous events, including showcases, #1 parties, awards ceremonies, festivals and more. Before joining BMI, Cuff-Campbell was a senior advertiser at Green Room PR and worked for high-profile artists like Dierks Bentley, Lady A, War And Treaty, and more. She is also a member of the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and the Country Music Association (CMA) and is part of the GrammyU mentoring program.

“We are excited to welcome Elice at BMI,” Fischer said. “His knowledge of the Nashville music community is unrivaled, as is his passion for music and songwriting. He will be a great partner for our Nashville Creative team and will help highlight the many ways they support BMI’s unique roster of songwriters, composers and publishers.”

+ Rapport‘s international music publishing division made a series of adjustments to its executive staff. The company’s head of international publishing, john minchin transitioning to the role of executive director of publishing, Jeff Van Driel He was promoted to general manager of international operations in London.

Minch will step down as day-to-day manager of international publishing operations to refocus on the rights of Concord songwriters and composers. “I will be working on projects and clients with whom I have a close relationship, but after nearly twenty-five years it is time to move on,” Minch said in a statement. “It’s a shame, I’m just beginning to understand what I’m doing. But it’s time to get my feet up and burn a cheroot. I am so grateful to Concord for the freedom and courage they have given me over the past seven years, and for encouraging me to continue to represent Concord and our composers and writers in industry associations.”

Van Driel will relocate to London from Concord’s US headquarters in Nashville and will be responsible for the European operations of all of Concord’s businesses alongside Minch’s music broadcast operations duties. Minch will continue to report directly to Chief Editor Jim Selby, and Van Driel will report to CEO Vic Zaraya.

“I am honored and excited to take on this role for Concord,” said Van Driel. “Given Concord’s rapid and disciplined growth, there are ongoing opportunities to improve operations and demonstrate our global commitment to the worldwide creative community. We have dedicated and talented teams that embrace continuous improvement by using the best and most practical technological solutions in the market.”

+ Leroy Harris Promoted to marketing manager for Spotify UK and Ireland.

According to one study, Leroy joined Spotify about four years ago as an artist marketing lead and helped manage several album campaigns, including AJ Tracey, Dua Lipa, and Sam Smith. notice letter Written by Tom Connaughton, Managing Director of Spotify UK and Ireland.

“We’ve commissioned him to take our marketing activities to another level, and given that Leroy has previously held leadership roles in culture marketing for companies like Red Bull and ASOS, it’s clear we’re in very talented hands,” Connaughton wrote.

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