WASHINGTON, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SoundExchange today announced that Richard Conlon will join the company as Chief External Affairs Officer effective March 1. Conlon will be part of the senior executive team, helping to shape and execute on the company's vision. In this new role, Conlon will oversee the company's Corporate Communications, Industry Relations and Public Policy efforts. He will be responsible for managing SoundExchange's relationships with its wide array of constituents and stakeholders.
Conlon will report to SoundExchange President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Huppe.
In announcing the appointment, Huppe said, "As SoundExchange continues to evolve and provide additional services to the industry, our relationships throughout the community are even more critical. Coordinating the efforts of our external-facing departments will help us maximize value as we navigate and improve the digital environment. Richard's track record in corporate positioning, strategy and service development will add valuable assets to our executive team."
"SoundExchange is uniquely positioned to serve the industry as streaming enters the mainstream," Conlon said. "I am excited to work with the SoundExchange team as we embrace the opportunities ahead for SoundExchange and our artists, rights owners and licensees."
For the past three years, Conlon has served as a senior advisor to CEOs and senior management at major music publishers, record labels, collective rights management organizations and financial institutions with a focus on corporate development in the digital intellectual property economy. Previously, he was a senior executive at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) for more than 20 years, serving as Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy, Communications and New Media. He launched BMI's digital rights licensing division, managed corporate communications and oversaw the firm's global corporate strategy efforts. He also held executive positions at Viacom's pay-per-view television production and marketing unit and at The Learning Channel (TLC) cable network.
SoundExchange is the organization at the center of digital music, developing solutions to benefit the entire music industry. The organization collects and distributes digital performance royalties on behalf of more than 130,000 recording artists and master rights owners accounts. To date, SoundExchange has paid out more than $4.5 billion in royalties. For more information, visit www.SoundExchange.com or www.facebook.com/soundexchange.
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