Sony Announces Realignment

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Sony Music Nashville today (2/8) announced a realignment of its staff and their related functions to better position itself to serve its artists and meet the challenges and opportunities of the evolving music business. The new structure includes the following promotions:

1. Skip Bishop is promoted to Senior Vice President, Promotion, Sony Music Nashville, from Vice President, Promotion.  Concurrently, Bishop announces the promotion of
2. Lesly Tyson to Vice President, Promotion, Arista Nashville
3. John Sigler takes Tyson’s previous role of National Director, Promotion, Arista Nashville
4. Paul Barnabee is promoted to Senior Vice President of Marketing, moving from his former role as Senior Vice President Sales and Operations. Barnabee will oversee the Digital Marketing, Creative Services, Media, Strategic Marketing, Artist Development and Marketing departments.
5. Mike Craft is promoted to Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations from his former post as Vice President, Finance and Operations.
6. Chris Melancon is promoted to Director, Media Content, Sony Music Nashville, and will continue to report to Allen Brown, Vice President, Media and Corporate Communications.

Barnabee, Bishop, Craft and Senior Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs Kathy Woods, all report directly to Sony Music Nashville Chairman and CEO Gary Overton.

A number of staffers have also exited in the wake of these changes:

Exec. VP A&R Renee Bell has exited. She can be reached at [email protected] Her old phone number is no longer active.

David Gales was previously a digital executive with Sony, and has now returned to his own company The Gales Network. He can be reached at [email protected]

Manager Marketing/Operations Britta Coleman can be reached at [email protected]

Also exiting is Sr. Director of Strategic Marketing Paul Williams.
[email protected] and Legal Coordinator Kendra Miles. [email protected]

Former staffers can send their new contact information and updates to [email protected]


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