'Exciting new era': Jon Platt makes first senior hires at Sony/ATV

'Exciting new era': Jon Platt makes first senior hires at Sony/ATV

New Sony/ATV chairman and CEO Jon Platt has announced details of his first senior hires at the company.

The publisher has promoted Tom Kelly (above, right) to global chief financial officer, while Elicia Felix-Hughey (left) comes into the newly-created role of senior vice president, global human resources.

Both Kelly and Felix-Hughey will report directly to Platt and will be based in the company’s New York head office.

Jon Platt said: “I cannot overstate how happy I am that Tom has partnered with me as one of the senior leaders of this company. The moment I knew I was joining Sony/ATV I recognized that Tom was the right person for this incredibly important role and I have no doubt that he will be a fantastic CFO for us. Tom is a forward thinker with nearly three decades of top-level experience in the industry and his financial knowledge will be an invaluable asset in helping to grow our business.”

Kelly will be responsible for Sony/ATV’s worldwide financial operations, including reporting, accounting, compliance, budget, administration and corporate strategy. Global royalties and IT will also be under his stewardship.

I have no doubt that Tom will be a fantastic CFO

Jon Platt

Kelly commented: “I am honoured to be working with Jon again and am grateful for the confidence that he has placed in me with this promotion. We have a long and great history going back nearly 25 years when we were both at EMI, so it is fantastic that we have now been reunited at Sony/ATV. I am also blessed with having an exceptionally talented team working with me and I know that together we can meet all the challenges of this exciting new era for the company.”

Kelly started his career in the music industry at EMI Music Publishing in 1991, after working in accounting at Ernst & Young. When EMI Music Publishing became part of Sony/ATV in 2012, he was appointed EVP, finance & administration.

In her new role, Elicia Felix-Hughey will be responsible for Sony/ATV’s s HR operations across its network of 38 offices in 24 countries.

Jon Platt said: “Elicia is an experienced and successful HR leader who has a real gift for balancing the critical needs of the business, with the needs of those who work for the company. She has a human touch that people naturally gravitate towards and is the perfect person to lead the transition of the company.”

This is an amazing opportunity to drive positive cultural change

Elicia Felix-Hughey

Felix-Hughey said: “I’m both honored and excited to join such an impressive group of employees and songwriters. I look forward to this amazing opportunity to partner with Jon to drive positive cultural change and to create an innovative, yet impactful people strategy that will benefit our employees and continue to advance our business.”

Felix-Hughey’s previously held positions at Octave Group, Harry Fox Agency and EMI Music Publishing where she rose to the role of VP, human resources.

Earlier this year, Music Week broke the news of Sony/ATV’s worldwide deal with Cathy Dennis.

Martin Bandier stepped down as chairman and CEO at Sony/ATV at the end of March, as leading execs including Warner/Chappell’s new arrival Guy Moot paid tribute.

Subscribers can read Bandier’s recent Music Week cover story here.

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