Executive Turntable: Deezer Appoints CMO; Berklee College of Music Names Executive Director

Deezer named Maria Garrido chief marketing officer. Based in Paris, Garrido will lead the company’s marketing team and help further the development of the Deezer brand. She will report directly to CEO Jeronimo.

Ron Savage was named vp and executive director of the Berklee College of Music, where he previously served as dean of the college’s professional performance division and chair of the ensemble department; he also attended Berklee as a student. Savage will be responsible for oversight and direction of all academic programs, facilities, operations and faculty and staff for the college’s three divisions. He will additionally join the core leadership team at Berklee and help devise a strategy for the organization as a whole. He reports to executive vp and provost Dr. David Bogen. Savage can be reached at rsavage@berklee.edu.

Universal Music Canada promoted Craig “Big C” Mannix to vp of Black music. In the role, Mannix will continue leading UMC’s commitment to Black music with “an integrated approach to marketing and A&R,” according to a press release. His expanded purview includes an A&R remit to discover, sign and support Black music created by Canadians while continuing to lead the teams responsible for domestic international Black music marketing. He reports to Universal Music Canada chairman & CEO Jeffrey Remedios. Mannix can be reached at craig.Mannix@umusic.com.


ASM Global named Gary Jacobus president of business development. He will oversee the company’s plans to grow its sales efforts and strategies for securing new accounts across the Americas while providing support to ASM Global’s European and APAC business development teams. Jacobus can be reached at gjacobus@asmglobal.com.

Sound Royalties is expanding its West Coast team, tapping Andrew Stess and David Blutenthal of StessCo Consulting Group as new representatives for the music financing company in the western U.S. Out of Los Angeles, the pair will help songwriters, artists, rights holders and other music creatives seek out funding solutions to support their careers. Stess can be reached at andrew@stess.co.

iHeartMedia Los Angeles named Doug Hall regional digital program director for the iHeartMedia radio clusters in Los Angeles and San Francisco that encompass 14 stations. In the role, Hall will handle strategy, audience growth and maximizing iHeartMedia’s digital platforms in those markets while reporting to John Peake, senior vp of programming for iHeartMedia in Los Angeles. He was previously senior digital director on the national iHeartRadio team out of Nashville.

UTA promoted a slew of staff members in its music department, including Brennan Duffy, Noah Friedlander, Alana Gift, Akhil Hegde and Lauren Holland to manager and Mackenzie Coberley, Alexis Lesko, Gabriella Librizzi, Lauren McClusky and Hope Murray to coordinator.

Bailey Sattler and Stephanie Marlow formed another/side, a new creative and public relations agency. The company “will focus on where the underground and mainstream culture collide,” according to a press release. Sattler comes from Grandstand Media and Marlow built her own brand independently before joining forces with Sattler. The roster at launch includes Blessed, Circle Jerks, Cold Cave, Drab Majesty, Emma Ruth Rundle, Have A Nice Life, High Vis, Knocked Loose, Narrow Head, Power Trip, The Spits and Trust Records. Sattler can be reached at bailey@another-side.net and Marlow can be reached at stephanie@another-side.net.

Vickie Nauman, founder & CEO of music and tech consulting company CrossBorderWorks, joined the board of directors for Evan Bogart‘s Seeker Music, which boasts a portfolio of music publishing, master recordings and ancillary rights as well as a roster of songwriters, producers and artists.

Jessica Bonner was named vp of publicity at Milestone Publicity, where she was previously an account executive. In addition to continuing to serve clients, she will be more involved in an internal leadership role at the firm. Bonner can be reached at jbonner@milestonepublicity.com.

DJ and music journalist Dani Deahl was named head of communications and creator insights at BandLab Technologies. She will serve as a cultural liaison, highlighting the company’s impact on the music industry and surveying industry changes.

Chris Eggertsen