BMI Appoints Vice President of Finance


John Barnett

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) has appointed John Barnett as VP, Finance. In this role, Barnett will oversee BMI’s financial planning and analysis, treasury, collection services, and risk management/insurance as well as other cross-functional support roles across the organization. Barnett is based in Nashville and reports directly to Bruce A. Esworthy, Sr. VP of Finance & Administration and CFO of BMI.

“I am delighted to welcome John Barnett to BMI as our new Vice President of Finance. John is a well-rounded financial executive who brings many years of diversified and relevant experience to BMI. We are pleased to have him join the senior management team in this key role at this exciting and evolutionary time in BMI’s corporate history,” commented Esworthy.

Barnett most recently held the position of Sr. VP, Finance for First Acceptance Corporation, a publicly traded regional auto insurance company headquartered in Nashville. Prior to that, Barnett worked at Anheuser-Busch in various positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of corporate planning, business planning and mergers and acquisitions. He also worked in operations management for several years gaining hands-on operations experience.

Barnett holds a bachelor’s degree from West Point. He also received a master’s in engineering from the University of Missouri and an MBA from the University of Illinois.


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