Happy New Year! It’s time for another quick spin around the Executive Turntable, Billboard’s comprehensive(ish) compendium of promotions, hirings, exits and firings — and all things in between — across music.
ASM Global welcomed live music veteran and former artist manager Jason Rio as senior vice president of live entertainment and content development. In his new role, Rio will oversee ASM’s plans to grow its position in content generation for its arenas, stadiums, theaters and convention centers. Rio brings years of promoter expertise ranging from his time at Live Nation, where he held senior roles in the major Houston and Chicago markets, to his most recent assignment as vp of music for the Ambassador Theatre Group. In a past work life, Rio spent 20 years managing the likes of The Fray, Liz Phair, Michelle Branch and others. He also worked for Pres. Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012 … Across the pond, Andy O’Sullivan joined the company as CEO of landmark multi-use event space Olympia London. He arrives following an 11-year run as venue director at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. “I’m incredibly excited to be joining such a transformational project at such a critical time, one that’s taking shape right here in London!” he said.
Wise Music Group hired Betsey Perlmutter as vice president of Schirmer Theatrical, the company’s concert and theatrical production arm. In her new position, Perlmutter will focus on leveraging WMG’s global catalog across symphonic, ballet, concert and theatrical disciplines. She is best known as former producer and artistic planning manager for the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, where she oversaw the expansion of non-traditional concert programming, spanning musical theater, contemporary opera, chamber music and the launch of The Art of the Score film music series. Prior to the Phil, she held positions at Wave Hill Cultural Center and the New York Public Library. “Betsey’s extensive experience with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center is invaluable to us as we embark on this new stage of international creative rights development,” said Robert Thompson, president.
DICE hired Piper McCoy as vp of communications, overseeing campaigns, executive profiling, thought leadership initiatives and government affairs comms. She previously held the same role at Buzzfeed, and has held key roles at Rush Communications, Roc Nation, New Era Cap and Walmart. “With over 20 years of experience across the media, sports and entertainment industries, Piper has been brought on board to build DICE’s stakeholder and industry engagement, drive growth across Europe and the US, and guide DICE in reshaping the live music industry through impactful strategic storytelling campaigns,” the company said in its announcement.
Board Shorts: The Golden Globe Foundation, formed last year following the award show’s sale to Eldridge Globes, elected its officers and board of directors for the year. Veteran photojournalist Earl Gibson III will serve as board chair, freelance journalist Henry Arnaud as treasurer, and leadership consultant Tom Kittleson as secretary. The foundation’s board also includes Silvia Bizio, Mia Farrell, Jeff Harris, Helen Hoehne, Adam Tanswell, and Meher Tatna.
Sony Music’s AWAL promoted a pair, putting Jacqueline Rossi in charge of the company’s global commercial partnerships team and Dale Connone at the helm of streaming and promotion efforts. Rossi was most recently senior director of global commercial partnerships, while Rossi led initiatives related to digital services. He also helms the independent label service IN2UNE, an AWAL-owned music coalition.
Nashville-based independent label Leo33 added Chris Fabiani as vp of promotion and marketing. Fabiani launched his music industry career at UMG Distribution in 2006 and soon transitioned into promotion at UMG. He rose through the ranks at the label, working with artists including Eric Church, Brothers Osborne and more. In 2019, he was named director of promotion and artist engagement at UMG. In 2020, Fabiani joined Warner as a regional for the WEA team, before ascending to the national director role for the Warner Music Nashville team in 2022, working with Blake Shelton, Cody Johnson, Breland and more. Leo33’s artist roster includes flagship artist Zach Top. –Jessica Nicholson
Dale Watson’s annual Ameripolitan Music Awards hired industry mainstay Roger Christian as head of marketing and promotion ahead of its 10th annual show, taking place Feb. 18 at The Moody Theater in Austin. With over 40 years of experience in the bank, Christian has held senior roles at MCA, Sony/CBS, Jem Records Texas and Big State Distributing, among others, and most recently centered his efforts growing his Roger Christian Entertainment Group. “Promoting the Ameripolitan Music Awards is the kind of challenge I love,” Christian said. “I’m so very honored to be working with Dale, Celine and all the incredibly talented artists in Ameripolitan Music.”