Kobalt’s recording company AWAL has hired Jennifer Kirell as VP, Catalog Marketing.
Based in Kobalt’s New York office, Kirell will oversee AWAL’s catalog marketing strategy and work closely with the global marketing, digital accounts, label management, and physical products teams.
Her focus will include the full AWAL roster and cover all artists and labels with catalog.
Prior to joining the AWAL team, Kirell spent 11 years with Sony Music Entertainment, most recently at Legacy Recordings under the Commercial Music Group.
There, she led global marketing campaigns and audience development strategies for artists including Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, Billy Joel, Backstreet Boys and Loretta Lynn.
Kirell is also an alum of the inaugural American Express Women in Music Leadership Academy.
Lonny Olinick, AWAL
AWAL CEO, Lonny Olinick, said: “The AWAL business has been built from the ground up to serve the unique needs of the evolving marketplace while challenging the status quo.
“As we continue to grow, we are applying that philosophy to supporting our partner’s catalogs by investing in the expertise to evolve traditional catalog marketing.
“With the addition of Jennifer, we will build a contemporary, global approach to marketing artists’ full bodies of work at different moments throughout their entire career cycle.
“Her passion for storytelling, commitment to progressive marketing and understanding of fan behavior will be a tremendous asset to the AWAL team and our artists.”
Ron Cerrito, AWAL
Ron Cerrito, AWAL president, North America, added: “The addition of Jennifer’s global role is a key part of our strategy to grow long term artist careers and to build streaming consumption for catalog artists.
“The size, age and diversity of our roster is perfectly matched to the listening habits of the current-day consumption audience. Jennifer is a seasoned executive and a trailblazer of ‘always-on’ marketing.
“Through her innovative strategy and approach, she is committed to growing artists’ fan bases across their complete career arc.”
“I’m honored to join the team at AWAL as we serve our artists with a future-focused approach to catalog (re)discovery that combines dynamic storytelling with data-informed strategy and prioritizes building lasting connections with fans.”
Kirell said: “We’re at an exciting time when streaming has blurred the lines between traditional ‘frontline’ and ‘catalog’ marketing tactics.
“I’m honored to join the team at AWAL as we serve our artists with a future-focused approach to catalog (re)discovery that combines dynamic storytelling with data-informed strategy and prioritizes building lasting connections with fans.
“I’m incredibly grateful to Lonny and Ron for the opportunity to join the AWAL family and our diverse universe of artists.”
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