NASHVILLE (CelebrityAccess) – Following last week’s acquisition of Big Machine Label Group by Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings, BMLG president and CEO Scott Borchetta announced Tuesday (July 9) that Jimmy Harnen has been promoted to BMLG Records president and CEO as part of a new long-term deal with the company.
Harnen, who most recently served as executive vp and BMLG Records president, has been with BMLG Records for 10 years. He will continue to oversee the label’s roster of artists, which currently includes Florida Georgia Line, seven-time Grammy winners Lady Antebellum (whom he signed), Brett Young, Danielle Bradbery and Riley Green.
Commenting on the promotion, Borchetta said in a statement: “I am so proud of what Jimmy has helped to build at the Big Machine Label Group. He and I have been breaking acts and making hits together for the better part of the last 20 years. I’m thrilled that he’s committed to continue to lead BMLG Records as he’s been an integral part of the overall success. His passion for the artists, staff, craft and leadership of BMLG Records is second to none. I also love that we continue to challenge each other every day to be the absolute best in the business. The new era has begun.”
Harnen added: “I can’t wait for everything the future brings! I truly believe there has never been a more exciting time to be in the music business and this new era for BMLG will be groundbreaking on every level. On a personal note, I could not be more thankful for everything Scott has done for me. He took a chance on a kid from Pennsylvania and gave me the opportunity to succeed.”
Prior to joining BMLG, Harnen previously served as both the head of Republic Nashville and as senior vp promotion for Capitol Nashville.