Merlin has announced that Jim Mahoney has been promoted with immediate effect to the newly created role of VP, Global Operations.
Mahoney joined the Merlin team in October 2014 as general manager US, and has overseen the establishment and growth of the organisation’s North American operation. He will continue to work in Merlin’s New York office, alongside Bela Zecker, Merlin’s member services & operations manager, Americas.
Mahoney’s new global role will see him step up alongside Charlie Lexton (CCO & General Counsel) and Helen Alexander (CFO) as part of Merlin’s senior management team, reporting directly to CEO Charles Caldas.
As previously announced Caldas is due to step down at the end of 2019.
Speaking about the appointment, Charles Caldas, CEO, Merlin, said: “Jim has earned the respect of the entire independent music community. Since joining Merlin in 2014, his hands-on approach has played a key part in our successes and expansion - providing a trusted point of contact in the world’s largest music market, and ensuring our members are benefitting from the full scale of Merlin’s global licensing deals. His promotion to VP Global Operations is recognition of this important work, and ensures our worldwide network will grow even stronger in the months and years ahead.”
Jim Mahoney, Merlin VP, Global Operations, added: “I’m grateful for the support of Charles, the Merlin Board of Directors, my colleagues and, really, the entire Merlin membership who challenge us, educate us, support us and rely upon us. It’s been my life’s work supporting independent distributors, labels and artists and the music partners who value this community’s work. As such, Merlin’s mission is quite personal to me and it’s with that great respect that I enthusiastically approach this new role.”
In June 2019, Merlin revealed a 63% year-on-year increase in member payments (April 2018 - March 2019) to $845m – an amount including more than $130m in revenues from settlements and other non-royalty income such as proceeds from the sale of Spotify shares.