Anthem Entertainment has made several senior leadership changes across its music publishing and recorded music divisions, including in its Nashville office.
At the helm of Anthem Entertainment is Jason Klein, who is now the company’s permanent Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Prior to becoming CEO, Klein held the role of Senior Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs and General Manager for Anthem’s Canadian operations. He was appointed to the interim CEO position in January.
Sal Fazzari has been appointed permanent Chief Financial Officer (CFO), also following his interim appointment to the role earlier this year. Fazzari was formerly Vice-President Finance and held previous senior roles in Acquisitions and Royalty Administration.
In Music City, Gilles Godard will continue to serve as President of Anthem’s Nashville-based music publishing operation. Noah Dewey has been promoted to a new role as VP, Creative. Courtney Crist will continue as Senior Director, Creative.
“I have had the privilege to be part of this company for the last 16 years and couldn’t be more excited about the new executive team and the entire Anthem organization,” says Godard. “Anthem is a world class music publisher with very talented people, and we have a real opportunity to grow it to the next level with Jason as our new CEO. I am proud to be part of this new leadership team!”
Other leadership shifts include Tom Leighton, who has been promoted to VP, Licensing, where he will continue to lead the company’s digital licensing activity and will now oversee sync and general licensing. Joanne Kelsey will also continue her role as VP, Royalties & Administration.
In the Anthem Records division, Andy Hawke has been promoted to General Manager and Andy Curran re-joins the team as Senior A&R Consultant. In Anthem’s legal division, Adrian Battiston has been promoted to VP, Legal & Business Affairs; Amanda Dworetsky has been promoted to Senior Director, Legal & Business Affairs and Jennifer Correia was also recently appointed as Senior Director, Legal & Canadian Operations.
Additionally, Andrew Jamal has been appointed Director, Business Development, leading Anthem’s acquisitions team, as Ryan Cain joins the company as Director of Marketing & Communications. Rounding out Anthem’s senior leadership team are Stephanie Haas, who returns to the company as VP, Human Resources; and Dave Collier, who joined the company in late 2022 as VP, Technology.
“I appreciate being given the opportunity to lead this great company into its next era with the support of an incredible team,” says Klein. “It’s a privilege to be custodian of such an extraordinary catalog of songs and recordings, to be in a position to support the careers and work of an outstanding roster of songwriters, and to lead the dedicated team of people that make this company exceptional. Anthem is poised to become one of the world’s most impactful independent music companies, driving value for our writers and investors while making a positive and lasting mark in our industry and communities. I’m very excited for the future!”
Anthem’s production music group continues to be led by JD Adams (5 Alarm Music), along with Brian Wahlund (Jingle Punks) and Gareth Owen (Cavendish Music). Anthem’s London-based subsidiary business, Compact Media Group, remains led by Mark Rowland.
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