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Singer named sr. VP; Hochkeppel, Rich get veep stripes

HOLLYWOOD — EMI’s Jazz & Classics Group, which encompasses the labels Angel, Blue Note, EMI Classics and Manhattan Records, has upped three executives in legal, marketing and publicity departments.

Michele Singer has been named senior VP, legal and business affairs; Zach Hochkeppel is now VP of marketing for the Blue Note, Angel and Manhattan labels; and J.R. Rich has been upped to veep of publicity for the group.

Singer, who was previously VP, legal and business affairs, for EMI Music North America, will report to Bruce Lundvall, prexy-CEO, Jazz & Classics EMI Music, North America, and, on a functional basis, to Susan Feingold, senior VP, legal and business affairs, EMI Music North America.

Hochkeppel had been director of marketing for Blue Note, a position he held since joining the label from Angel in 2000. He will report to general manager Tom Evered and senior VP of Manhattan Records Ian Ralfini.

Rich, who had been VP of publicity for Blue Note, will now oversee publicity efforts for the entire EMI Jazz & Classics group. She, too, will report to Evered and Ralfini.

All executives will be based in New York.

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