UK-based artist and label services company Kartel Music Group has hired Damian Thomas in the newly-created position of Director of Global Digital Accounts.
Thomas joins from Warner Music Group, where he spent seven years focused on the International account management with digital partners.
In his previous position as Director of International Digital Accounts, in Warner UK’s commercial team, he worked on the release management of frontline and catalogue repertoire. Thomas was also focused on digital services in the Emerging Markets.
Thomas is tasked with increasing streaming opportunities for the Kartel roster of artists and label clients and developing strategic new digital business partnerships.
He will be based at Kartel Music Group’s London headquarters and report to Charles Kirby-Welch, CEO/Founder.
“I’m confident Damian’s deep knowledge of the digital account landscape and experience in dealing with a roster of frontline releases will amplify Kartel’s efforts.”
Charles Kirby-Welch, Kartel Music Group
Kirby-Welch said: “As the digital business continues to disrupt the status quo providing greater choice and access for artists I’m confident Damian’s deep knowledge of the digital account landscape and experience in dealing with a roster of frontline releases will amplify Kartel’s efforts in providing a valuable spectrum of digital services to both established artists and developing acts creating new revenue streams and opportunities.”
Thomas said: “Kartel Music has an amazing roster of talented artists, I’m delighted to join the team as the company expands their service offerings to independent artists and labels.”
He added: “It’s an exciting time for independent artists in the ever-changing digital streaming landscape, navigating through this space is the key to successful campaigns. I’m really looking forward to working with Kartel’s creative and talented team.”
Kartel’s latest hire follows the new additions of Joly Checketts, Head Of Press (previously head of press at Propeller Recordings); Head of Radio, Tom Poole (former Radio Plugger at Hesso Media); and Social Media & Content Manager – Michael Mavor.
Kartel now offers a tailor-made hybrid of services including Online PR, Press, Radio, Digital Media & Content Services. Each are available to both external clients, and in-house Kartel-distributed clients.Music Business Worldwide