SoundExchange names Richard Conlon Chief External Affairs Officer

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Former BMI exec Richard Conlon has joined SoundExchange as Chief External Affairs Officer.

In his new role, Conlon will oversee the digital PRO’s corporate communications, industry relations and public policy efforts.

He will be responsible for managing SoundExchange’s relationships with its constituents and stakeholders, and will join the senior executive team, helping to shape and execute the company’s vision.

For the past three years, Conlon has been a senior advisor to CEOs and senior management at major music publishers, record labels, collective rights management organizations and financial institutions, with a focus on corporate development in the digital intellectual property economy.

Previously, he was a senior executive at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) for more than 20 years, serving as Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy, Communications and New Media.

While there, he launched BMI’s digital rights licensing division, managed corporate communications and oversaw the firm’s global corporate strategy efforts.

Announcing the appointment, SoundExchange President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Huppe said: “As SoundExchange continues to evolve and provide additional services to the industry, our relationships throughout the community are even more critical. 

“Coordinating the efforts of our external-facing departments will help us maximize value as we navigate and improve the digital environment.

“Richard’s track record in corporate positioning, strategy and service development will add valuable assets to our executive team.”

michael huppe, soundexchange

“Richard’s track record in corporate positioning, strategy and service development will add valuable assets to our executive team.”

“SoundExchange is uniquely positioned to serve the industry as streaming enters the mainstream.

“I am excited to work with the SoundExchange team as we embrace the opportunities ahead for SoundExchange and our artists, rights owners and licensees.”

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Conlon added: “SoundExchange is uniquely positioned to serve the industry as streaming enters the mainstream.

“I am excited to work with the SoundExchange team as we embrace the opportunities ahead for SoundExchange and our artists, rights owners and licensees.”

Conlon has also held executive positions at Viacom’s pay per view television production and marketing unit and at The Learning Channel (TLC) cable network.

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