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He serves as chairman of the licensing and marketing issues group of the Swedish Music Publishers’ Association SMFF. Rönnbäck said: “I have been

The division of the rights management company has appointed LARS OLOV “OLLE RÖNNBÄCK as director of Licensing and Marketing in the region. The appointment follows the

move of Sanken Sandqvist to general manager of BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia in March 2012. Rönnbäck, formerly head of

Film & TV at Universal Music Publishing, started his music publishing career at Warner Bros in 1986, before joining Sweden Music, the Polygram subsidiary which controlled rights to the Abba catalogue, in 1992. With Polygram subsequently absorbed into Universal, Rönnbäck effectively spent 20 years with the company.

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very impressed by BMG’s determination to create a modern music rights company operating in both masters and music publishing. This was an opportunity definitely worth moving for.” Sanken Sandqvist, general manager of BMG Chrysalis Scandinavia, commented: “Olle boasts unrivalled experience and a great network. It's a dream come true, fantastic to have him on board. Full steam ahead.” Patrick Jöst, SVP Licensing &

Marketing International, added: "Olle's experience will be of great value to our clients. He will be a great Scandinavian representative within our global synch team and add to our international co-operation."

 UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP NATALIE WADDELL has been appointed director, consumer

marketing at the company’s London base. Waddell recently completed a

two-year consultancy assignment with Adidas on their London 2012 Olympic sponsorship project, and previously held the position of head of CRM & brand at Chelsea FC for three years. Before working at the Premier

League club, she was head of direct marketing at Sony-BMG for six years. Waddell will be responsible for driving forward UMG’s eCRM practices around the world. Supporting Waddell is CHARLY

CAO, who has been promoted to the newly created position of head of eCRM Strategy. Cao joined Universal Music in 2008 and has been instrumental in bringing eCRM into the organisation’s daily marketing activities. Also reporting to Waddell will be

new recruit JULIA LEVER who joins the team as eCRM Manager. Lever was previously business

analyst at Société Générale with responsibility for their in-house CRM application.

 DOG DAY PRESS LAUREN DOWN has joined the company’s online press department, after departing CreateSpark. Her clients include POLIÇA, Daphni, Pandr Eyez and Nadine Shah.

 TOWERGATE COVEREX STEVEN HOWELL and DARREN VICKERY have joined the Media and Entertainment Insurance team within the Towergate group. The team, previously at

Robertson Taylor, specialise in providing insurance for bands, musicians, festivals, recording studios and many other aspects of the music industry.


SILVIA DAVI has been appointed as vice president and head of Strategic

Communications and Marketing at

BMI, based at the company’s New York headquarters. The role will oversee the Corporate Communications and Marketing Department, including global public relations, branding, social media, internal communications, corporate marketing and online communications. Davi joins BMI after serving

as vice president and head of Corporate Communications and Brand at professional servicesfirm Marsh & McLennan Companies. Prior to this, she spent eight

years at NASDAQ OMX as vice president, Corporate Communications and head of Global Broadcast Media Strategy, served as director of Public Relations at Instinet Group and also worked in senior communications roles at the world’s largest public relations agencies including Edelman and Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.

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MY BIG BREAK How UK luminaries arrived in the music industry… Steven Wilson-Beales Managing Editor, MSN Entertainment

#48 Jo Charrington Senior Vice President A&R, London Records

Over 20 years, Jo Charrington has worked for some of London’s leading record companies and recently moved to the relaunched London Records label, under the Universal Music umbrella. Following university she

began her career in the industry at the label in 1990 as a secretary and worked her way up until she left to become manager for UK male R&B group Another Level from 1996 to 1999.

Charrington went on to serve as SVP of Epic at Sony, with a

roster featuring the likes of JLS, Paloma Faith, Scouting For Girls and Olly Murs, as well as scouting for new talent. In her seven years at the label, she nurtured the acts and witnessed twelve number ones and seventeen platinum- certified records. Charrington currently works

at London Records with her former Epic/London Records colleague Nick Raphael (president of the revived label) which boasts Major Look, Dear Pridence, Gypsy Queens and Arlissa on its roster.

“When I finished Uni I desperately wanted to make it in a band so I moved to London to ‘make it happen’. During that time I started writing music reviews for a student website – I wasn’t paid but I got my own section (‘Beales Beats’) and access to talent. That helped me into my first full-time job with Universal Music which was a great time – we interviewed all the big names for a website that never launched as a result of the Vivendi acquisition. Fun though! “Years down the line, and again, through my

good friend Paul Madgwick, I got a job at Ministry of Sound, initially as a copywriter, and then rose through the ranks to become Head of Internet. That was also fun – you worked hard and played even harder. “In 2007 I moved over to MSN as managing

editor of Entertainment where it’s been absolutely amazing to work with such a talented team of editors. “Needless to say I never ‘made it’ in the

band – but I still do an exceptional rendition of Rene by The Small Faces.”

TOP TIP Be passionate, enthusiastic, committed – but, most of all, make sure you’re having fun!

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