John Fleckenstein and Joe Riccitelli have been named co-presidents of Sony’s RCA Records in New York.
Both execs will remain in the label’s NYC headquarters and report to Chairman and CEO Peter Edge.
In this role, the two will oversee the day-to-day operations of the label excluding A&R – which remains Edge’s jurisdiction.
Fleckenstein (pictured left) previously held the role of EVP, RCA Records while Riccitelli (pictured right) held the role of GM/EVP Promotion, RCA Records.
Their promotions follow the departure of former RCA President and COO Tom Corson, who is now in situ as co-Chairman and COO of Warner Bros Records.
Fleckenstein joined RCA Records as EVP three years ago, and has worked on campaigns at the label with new signings such as Khalid, SZA, Bryson Tiller, and more as well as more established artists including Foo Fighters, P!NK, Pentatonix, Justin Timberlake, WALK THE MOON, among others.
Prior to that, Fleckenstein was the EVP of International for Sony Music where he orchestrated successful global campaigns for the likes of Daft Punk, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, and many others.
Fleckenstein has held various roles at Arista Records, Jive Records and abroad, as well as relocated to Sydney, Australia for several years to lead marketing and promotion for the Asian-Pacific Region.
He began his career as an intern at Columbia Records.
Since being promoted to GM / EVP Promotion, RCA Records in 2013, Riccitelli has led the promotion of projects for established artists such as Justin Timberlake, P!NK, ZAYN and Kesha, among others, as well as emerging talent including Khalid, G-Eazy, Cage The Elephant, Bleachers and more.
Prior to RCA Records, Riccitelli was EVP Promotion, Jive Records since 1999 where he played a key role in the promotion plans and launch of Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, *NSYNC, Chris Brown and many more.
He has also held positions at Island Records and PolyGram Records where he began his career in 1985 as an advertising clerk.
Commented Edge: “I am excited for this next chapter in RCA’s history and I couldn’t be more thrilled to elevate John and Joe into these enhanced roles.
“I am excited for this next chapter in RCA’s history and I couldn’t be more thrilled to elevate John and Joe into these enhanced roles.”
Peter Edge, RCA Records
“Their knowledge in their respective areas and relationships with the artists themselves have helped turn RCA into the thriving community it has become over the last couple of years. We’re so fortunate to have an incredibly experienced, strong senior management team driving the company toward further success.”
Commented Fleckenstein: “I am endlessly impressed by the talent of our RCA team and come to work each day energized by the creative collective being built around our unique and visionary artists. I am very grateful to Peter and Rob Stringer for their belief and humbled by the opportunity to help lead RCA’s next chapter together with Joe.”
Commented Riccitelli: “Thanks to both Peter and Rob for the opportunity to be a leader of the most legendary and prestigious record company in the business.
“Our roster speaks for itself and our ability to break new artists is unmatched. I am really looking forward to working even closer with John and the rest of the leadership team. They are incredibly talented and passionate in their fields of expertise.”Music Business Worldwide