Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Johnny Tennander to the position of Deputy Managing Director at its Scandinavian company.
In the newly-created role Tennander will run Sony/ATV Scandinavia’s creative department and will be charged with bringing A&R activities closer together with the synch department.
He will report into Patrik Sventelius, Managing Director of Sony/ATV Scandinavia.
The new Stockholm-based position will be combined with his existing responsibilities as Senior Vice President A&R Europe within Sony/ATV’s pan-European A&R team, a role in which he reports into Sony/ATV President of UK and European Creative Guy Moot.
Guy Henderson, Executive Vice President of International, said: “Johnny is not only the best A&R executive in Scandinavia, but has a broader set of skills and knowledge that makes this promotion both well-deserved and an integral part of the development of our business across the region.
Patrik Sventelius said: “We have a strong focus on growth at Sony/ATV and this promotion will enable us to use our resources even better. Johnny has a fantastic track record at A&R, which is down to his exceptional creative abilities, analytical skills and a structured approach to any task. He really is a great asset and this is a very positive step for the company.”
Johnny Tennander said: “It’s incredibly inspiring and an honour to be given this new role and to be able to continue to develop within Sony/ATV where I have had the opportunity to sign a number of artists and songwriters with global appeal. I can’t wait to be exposed to new things, while making a positive contribution with new ideas and initiatives.”
Tennander started his music industry career at V2 Records and joined EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia in 2002. He was promoted to Head of A&R in 2006 before becoming Vice President A&R Europe in 2009, while moved across to Sony/ATV in 2012 as Head of A&R Scandinavia and Senior Vice President A&R Europe following the acquisition of EMI.
Among his signings are DJ, songwriter and recording artist Avicii whose string of global hits includes “Wake Me Up”, “I Could Be The One”, “Hey Brother” and “Levels”, Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, Lido (Jeremih, Ariana Grande), Noonie Bao who co-wrote Avicii’s UK No.1 single “I Could Be The One” and Charli XCX’s new single “Doing It”, Daniel Ledinsky who co-penned the Tove Lo hit “Habits”, which went No. 1 on US radio, and Astma & Rocwell (NONONO, Maroon5).Music Business Worldwide