The reshaped management team of newly minted Atlantic Records co-presidents Ron Shapiro and Craig Kallman continued to gel Tuesday as the Warner Music imprint tapped two top promotion executives.
John McMann was named Atlantic’s senior VP of pop and crossover promotion, based in New York and working with fellow pop/crossover promo exec Lisa Velasquez. McMann was kicked upstairs from his post as VP of crossover promotion.
R&B vet Morace Landy has been upped to senior VP of urban promotion at Atlantic, after three years as a veep in the same department. Also Gotham-based, Landy reports to the senior VP and general manager of the urban, division Ronnie Johnson.
Since signing on at Atlantic, Landy has done radio promotion for hip-hop and R&B talent Sunshine Anderson, Brandy and Trick Daddy. Landy got his start as a buyer and manager at Tower Records, later holding promo posts at Reprise, Island and Epic.
During his two-year tenure at Atlantic, McMann has worked the airwaves for Craig David, Fat Joe and Lil’ Kim, among others. Before that, he was senior director of crossover promotion at Jive Records, helping to break Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys and R. Kelly.
McMann began his career as an announcer, DJ and programmer at several major stations in the Northeast, including Boston’s Kiss 108 and Q-102 in Philadelphia.
Earlier this month, Kallman and Shapiro tapped two top execs in Atlantic’s West Coast A&R department: Mike Caren was upped to senior VP while John Rubeli was named VP.