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Global Entertainment Announces Key Hires

LONDON (VIP-NEWS) — Global Entertainment, the U.S. content creation and multi-rights division of U.K.-based Global, The Media and Entertainment Group, have revealed the appointment of several key executives under Global Entertainment CEO Randy Phillips.

Monti Olson, formerly executive vice president/head of A&R, Global Publishing at Universal Publishing, joins Global Entertainment as executive vp and managing director of Worldwide Music Publishing, and will lead Global Publishing across both the LA and London offices. Olson`s current roster includes Ellie Goulding, Corinne Bailey Rae, LMFAO, The Script, The Vamps and The Vaccines, among others. Olson will lead the existing operation in London, which already consists of a comprehensive team including A&R, administration, song plugging and sync, as well as building a team in the L.A. home office.

Paul Adam expands his A&R responsibilities in a new position as senior vp, A&R at Global Entertainment, based in London and working across both the U.K. and U.S. for recorded music and music publishing. With more than 20 years` experience in the industry, Adam has held senior A&R roles at labels including Mercury Records, Island Records and Polydor. Adam was instrumental in launching Bjork`s career, and signing acts including The Gaslight Anthem, Suede, McFly, Busted, Ian Brown and Amy Macdonald. He was a judge on the first reality TV talent show, Popstars, which was the forerunner to Pop Idol and The X Factor.

In the core label function of Global Entertainment, Bob Semanovich joins as senior VP, marketing, based in L.A. Semanovich joins from Capitol Records, where he was responsible for the marketing strategy and implementation of acts including Katy Perry, Beck, Rod Stewart and Coldplay. Prior to that, Semanovich was at Columbia Records for a decade.

Ben Karter, who reports to Semanovich, joins Global Entertainment as general manager, recorded music, U.K. Karter was previously director at James Grant management, with responsibility for artists such as The Script and Pixie Lott. Prior to that, he was head of marketing at Mercury Records, where he looked after artists including Elton John, Taylor Swift, Jake Bugg and Bon Jovi. Karter was previously at Sony Music. Between them, Semanovich and Karter form the core of the Global Entertainment`s label functions.

Finally, in the artist management function of Global Entertainment, Nicola Carson joins as vp, artist management, based in Los Angeles. Carson was formerly at Modest! Management, where she oversaw Leona Lewis, One Direction, and the Modest! roster in the U.S. In the UK, Rachel Wood, who has been at Global Entertainment for four years and was previously at 19 Entertainment overseeing the Spice Girls reunion and managing other high profile artists and brands, partners with Carson as vp, artist management, based in London. Carson and Wood will run Global Entertainment`s artist management functions across the US and the UK, including strategic planning with the label functions at Global Entertainment, diary planning, and management of Global artists and day-to-day artist management.

"These executives are all seasoned pros who can think outside the box and get the job done for our artists," says Phillips in a prepared statement. "I have always maintained that a great company is only as great as the people in it — and Monti, Paul, Bob, Ben, Nicola, and Rachel are an example of the commitment that Global is making to our industry. There are other significant executive announcements coming now that Global Entertainment is running on all cylinders."

Phillips adds, "These appointments show the depth of commitment Global has to our new Entertainment division and we are hiring top class executives in each of the areas of the company. All executives announced today are in place and we have more to come soon."

According to Billboard