SoundExchange has named Richard Conlon as Chief External Affairs Officer. He will oversee industry relations, corporate communications and public policy efforts. The appointment comes at a time when SoundExchange is facing increased pressure from direct licensing deals.
Prior to joining SoundExchange, Conlon spent three years as a senior advisor to senior management at music publishers, record labels, collective rights management organizations and financial institutions. Previously, he was a senior executive at BMI for more than 20 years. While there, he launched BMI’s digital rights licensing division.
“As SoundExchange continues to evolve and provide additional services to the industry, our relationships throughout the community are even more critical," said SoundExchange President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Huppe. "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.”
“SoundExchange is uniquely positioned to serve the industry as streaming enters the mainstream,” Conlon said. “I am excited to work with the SoundExchange team as we embrace the opportunities ahead for SoundExchange and our artists, rights owners and licensees.”