Executive suite rearranged at BMI


Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) President & CEO Del Bryant announced a new alignment in the company’s senior management team, with elevated responsibilities for BMI senior executives Richard Conlon, Bruce Esworthy and Michael O’Neill.

Conlon has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Communications & New Media. In his expanded role, Conlon assumes responsibility for BMI’s Corporate Communications & Marketing and Corporate Planning departments. He was previously Vice President, New Media and Strategic Development, based in New York.

Esworthy, already CFO, adds new duties as Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration, overseeing Human Resources and Facilities in addition to managing the Finance & Accounting departments.

O’Neill now holds the newly established position of Senior Vice President, Repertoire & Licensing. In this expansion of his role, he adds oversight of BMI’s Writer/Publisher Relations, Performing Rights and Special Projects departments to his Licensing responsibilities. He was previously Senior Vice President, Licensing.

The three executives will report to Bryant. Conlon and O’Neill will remain in the company’s New York headquarters; Esworthy remains in the company’s Nashville office.

The realignment follows the announced retirements of BMI Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer John Cody, and Landmark Digital Services Managing Director Robert Barone at the end of 2010.

“BMI has a dynamic group of executives — at the senior level and throughout the company — who are committed to sustaining a vibrant and growing marketplace for copyright,” said Bryant. “These well-deserved promotions, new responsibilities and structure will allow us to continue to lead our sector at a time of great change, maintaining BMI’s position as one of the strongest companies in the global entertainment industry.”

BMI represents more than 400,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million works. The company reported $905 million for its 2009 fiscal year in performing right collections. BMI collects license fees from broadcast stations and other businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.