Shortly after leaving his post as EVP/GM at Columbia, Joel Klaiman has joined L.A. Reid’s Hitco Entertainment as President.
Based in New York, Klaiman joins the Hitco executive team to help drive growth after the company’s launch in January.
Founded by Reid alongside entrepreneur Charles Goldstuck, the Los Angeles-HQ’d Hitco is primarily focused on the creation, production, recording, distribution and exploitation of recorded music and recording artist services.
Klaiman joined Columbia Records in 2012 and brings over two decades of experience in developing and delivering artists.
Prior to Columbia, he worked at Republic Records as EVP of Promotion and Artist Development, and held stints at Elektra, Sony imprint 550 and Epic Records.
Artists Klaiman has worked with include Adele, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Amy Winehouse, Taylor Swift, Drake, Pharrell Williams, John Legend and Daft Punk.
“Joel is an experienced, world class executive who has mastered all facets of the music business.”
l.a. Reid and charles Goldstuck, hitco entertainment
“Joel is an experienced, world class executive who has mastered all facets of the music business,” said Reid and Goldstuck.
“With Joel joining our leadership team, we are now well poised to take the next step in our growth cycle.
“We’re excited that he will help drive our efforts as we move toward building a world class music enterprise.”
“I am excited for this new role as we work together to realize Hitco’s goal of creating great music and helping artists rise to new heights of success.”
Klaiman added: “L.A. and Charles have created a forward-thinking company to develop and produce music-focused projects for distribution across all platforms.
“I am excited for this new role as we work together to realize Hitco’s goal of creating great music and helping artists rise to new heights of success.”Music Business Worldwide