CMA Board Names New Leadership

At the Country Music Association Board of Directors meeting this week in Phoenix, Ariz., Troy Tomlinson was named President of the Board and Ed Hardy was named President-Elect. Both appointments begin immediately.

CMA Board Chairman and Sony Music Nashville Chairman/CEO Gary Overton made the announcement at the organization’s quarterly Board gathering. Tomlinson rises from President-Elect to the open President’s spot, and Hardy fills the President-Elect role. Publicist Jessie Schmidt remains as Secretary/Treasurer for a second year.

“I am very excited about working with our new CMA Board President Troy Tomlinson and President-Elect Ed Hardy,” Overton said. “Both Troy and Ed are highly successful and honorable leaders in the Country Music industry. Further, they have already shown themselves as leaders with insight and wisdom while serving on the CMA Board and its various committees.”

“Given the ambitious vision of the CMA, I am honored to be serving alongside strong executives like Gary, Ed, and Jessie,” Tomlinson added. “The fact that we are all friends makes it even more exciting.”

(L-R): CMA Board President and President and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Troy Tomlinson; CMA Board Secretary/Treasurer and President of Schmidt Relations, Jessie Schmidt; CMA Board President-Elect and President of GAC, Ed Hardy; and CMA Board Chairman and Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Nashville, Gary Overton. Photo: Amanda Eckard / CMA


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