Deborah Hyacinth has been promoted to the new role of SVP Digital Marketing Innovation. Based in London and reporting to UMG’s President of Marketing Andrew Kronfeld, Hyacinth will lead the development and implementation of innovative digital marketing strategies for Universal Music Group’s artists and labels around the world.
Jordan Zachary has been named Chief Strategy Officer of Live Nation Entertainment, reporting to President and CEO Michael Rapino. Zachary joins Live Nation from The Raine Group, where as a managing director of the merchant bank, he collaborated with Live Nation‘s team on its festival strategy, and was a key part of recent Live Nation deals, including the acquisition of C3 Presents and the programming partnership with VICE, where he also holds board affiliations.
SoundCloud has hired Facebook Ireland MD Sonia Flynn as VP of International. Flynn, also a former Google executive, will join the free streaming service at its HQ in Berlin in the coming months.
Sound Technology, Harman distributor in the UK / ROI, has announced the appointment of Stuart Strachan to the newly established role of Live Sound Project Engineer.
Martin Audio has boosted its UK sales force by recruiting Richard Van Nairn as its new Account Manager, working alongside Al Brown.
Sarah Boorman has been named General Manager of Universal’s UMTV label. Boorman is moving to UMTV from sister Universal Music label Island where she worked for 12 years, latterly as marketing director overseeing campaigns for artists including Jessie J, Taio Cruz, Jamie Cullum, Tinchy Stryder, Nicki Minaj and Drake.
Lorde has reportedly parted company with her manager Scott Maclachlan. According to the New Zealand Herald, the singer departed the man who helped kick-star her career last month, for unknown reasons. For a very good read why not try Eamonn Forde's article on the history of the unfortunate fate of acts leaving their management when they make it big in the Guardian here.
Vevo's former CEO Rio Caraeff is joining former Sony executive Yair Landau at Vadio, a startup that helps add video to music-streaming services. Vadio recently announced it had raised $7.5 million in funding.
[PIAS] has announced the appointment of Luke Ellis, who will join the company’s in-house promotions team as national radio plugger.
Downtown Music Publishing has acquired London-based music publisher Eagle-i Music – and is subsequently expanding its UK operations. Eagle-i’s Co-Founder and Managing Director, Roberto Neri (pictured, left), has been named Managing Director of Downtown UK. Neri co-founded Eagle-i Music in 2011 as a division of Eagle Rock Entertainment. When its parent firm was acquired by Universal Music Group in April last year, Eagle-i went fully independent under Neri’s charge. Downtown UK will also be welcoming Eagle-i’s Head of Administration, Joe Woolmore, Sync Coordinator Luke Montague and Creative Coordinator Ninon Coletti into the fold. The team will be joining Downtown UK’s A&R Manager, Tom Graham.More on MBW.
East London-based smokehouse H Forman and Son has announced the recruitment of three new senior team members to continue developing its reputation as one of London’s top food producers and events spaces on Fish Island, Hackney Wick. Executive chef Lloyd Hardwick has recruited a new director of events, Michael Hetherston, formerly executive chef of Absolute Taste, to ensure that Forman’s Fish Island continues to develop a reputation as one of East London’s leading events venues. He is joined by Matthew Smith, former executive chef for the Venice Simplon Orient Express, who will run Forman’s bespoke production kitchen Holly Burrows has also joined Forman’s Fish Island as head of events, sales and marketing.
Classical music website Sinfini Music has announced the appointment of Freya Hellier, a former BBC Radio 3 producer, to the new role of Head Of Content.
MS Live has announced the appointments of two new venue operations managers. Dan Bell and Victoria Smith will be responsible for the south and north respectively for the venue management company, whose clients include Manchester Academy, Portsmouth Pyramids and Arena Racing Company.
Michelle Jubelirer has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, Capitol Music Group (CMG) in the US. Jubelirer continues to report to CMG Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett.
Global recorded music trade body IFPI has appointed Jørn Dalchow, managing director of Norwegian independent record company daWorks, to its Main Board – alongside Norman Abdul Halim, one of the pre-eminent figures of the music industry in Malaysia.
And finally, Variety reports that Samsung’s Media Solutions Center America, which is responsible for the company’s Milk Music and Milk Video services, has been hit by layoffs and a key exec departure over the last couple of weeks. These events have occurred as Samsung executives take a closer look at many of its business units, which could spell trouble for the company’s content plans going forward. Kevin Swint, Samsung’s VP of content and services, had already left the unit,