Universal Music Group‘s Virgin Music has promoted three executives at the company.
Leslie Cooper has been named Senior Vice President, Artist Development and Special Projects.
In her new role, Cooper will oversee K-Pop releases within Virgin Music.
Based in Los Angeles, she will also identify new artist development opportunities within the company and lead collaborative efforts in that area, according to the announcement.
Cooper was previously Vice President at the company, where she worked closely with SM Entertainment on their SuperM and NCT 127 projects, which resulted in Number One and Number Three album debuts.
“These three accomplished executives have played a crucial role in artist development. They make sure our labels and artists get the support they need at every phase of their careers.”
Jacqueline Saturn, Virgin Music President
While at Virgin she worked closely on projects by newcomers Polo & Pan, Maggie Lindemann, and Grace Ives.
In 2018 she won a Webby Award for her work with Katy Perry. Cooper worked previously at Capitol Music Group, Columbia Records, and Atlantic Records. Cooper will report to Virgin Music President Jacqueline Saturn.
Meanwhile, Marisa Di Frisco has been named Vice President of National Promotion.
In her new role, she will continue to oversee promotion campaigns at Alternative, Rock, AAA, and Non-commercial/College radio for Virgin Music. Before she came to Virgin, she worked for many years at iHeart Media at the office of Tom Poleman.
During her tenure at Virgin, she has worked closely with artists including SHAED who achieved a No.1 record at alternative radio, Clairo and The Maine, who had Top Five records at alternative radio, Bad Omens, and others.
Di Frisco will continue to be based in Virgin Music’s New York offices and will report to Marni Halpern, SVP of Promotion for Virgin Music.
Plus, Lauren Holman has been named Vice President of Streaming Marketing and will lead the Streaming and Playlisting Strategy team.
She and her team have been integral to the success of such artists as Rema, whose global hit Calm Down just crossed 11 Billion streams globally.
She has also worked with Montell Fish, Surfaces, ACRAZE, Mac Demarco, Lauv, and David Kushner who just achieved his very first Billboard Hot 100 debut with Daylight. Holman is based in Los Angeles and will report to Cindy James, SVP of Commercial Marketing.
“These three accomplished executives have played a crucial role in artist development. They make sure our labels and artists get the support they need at every phase of their careers.
Jacqueline Saturn, Virgin Music
“These three accomplished executives have played a crucial role in artist development. They make sure our labels and artists get the support they need at every phase of their careers,” said Jacqueline Saturn, President of Virgin Music.
“I’m happy to be able to promote them to these important new positions where they will be able to contribute even more to our continued success.”Music Business Worldwide