Peter York Promoted To Capitol Christian Music Group President
June 8, 2015 at 11:45 AM (PT)
Label veteran PETER YORK has been promoted to President of CAPITOL CHRISTIAN MUSIC GROUP by CCMG CEO BILL HEARN. YORK will add oversight of the creative direction and leadership development of CCMG's publishing and distribution divisions to his current responsibilities of managing the company's LABEL GROUP, which includes leading CHRISTIAN Music labels SPARROW, FOREFRONT, SIXSTEPS, HILLSONG and JESUS CULTURE, among others. HEARN will focus on driving the company's strategic direction, business development initiatives and key partner relationships, while maintaining oversight of the MOTOWN GOSPEL label, which is led by CCMG Gospel Music Pres. KEN PENNELL.
YORK has served with the company for more than 30 years, the last 19 as President of the company's LABEL GROUP. His early years with SPARROW RECORDS were spent working directly with label founder BILLY RAY HEARN, first in copyright development and A&R, and later rising to VP/A&R and partnering with HEARN's son, BILL, to run the label.
YORK played an instrumental role in the creative development of a wide array of artists, including STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN, BRITT NICOLE, MANDISA, CHRIS TOMLIN, TOBYMAC and MATTHEW WEST, among others. He began his career in music more than 40 years ago as a musician, songwriter and producer, playing guitar and recording with CHRISTIAN music artists 2ND CHAPTER OF ACTS, PHIL KEAGGY and many more.
CCMG Publishing EVP CASEY McGINTY and Distribution EVP GREG BAYS will now report to YORK. CCMG Label Group SVP of A&R BRAD O'DONNELL and newly appointed SVP/Marketing HUDSON PLACHY will continue to report to YORK.
Commenting on the appointment, HEARN said: "There is no music executive in the business more capable than PETER, and our company and I have greatly benefited from his outstanding contributions during our 30 years together. He possesses a unique combination of creative intelligence and commercial understanding, as well as an exceptional ability to develop strong leaders. I'm confident our new structure will increase growth opportunities and long-term stability for CCMG, and make us even more effective in serving our artists, songwriters and business partners as we move forward."
Added YORK: "I'm grateful for the opportunity to lead the implementation of this new structure, which is designed to meet the changing needs of our artists, writers and music fans while putting more emphasis on developing the future leaders within our organization and industry. We plan to operate the LABEL GROUP, publishing and distribution units even more collaboratively, with seamless connectivity, improved efficiencies and creative synergies, while improving results and positioning the organization for continued success in the future."
CCMG EVP/CFO RICK HORNE will continue to report to HEARN and partner with YORK in overseeing the day-to-day operations and financial aspects of the company. CHRIS KOON has been promoted to SVP/Finance, continuing to report to HORNE and expanding responsibilities to include oversight of royalties and product management and supply chain, in addition to accounting and finance.
CCMG SVP Information Technology BONNIE CAMPBELL will leave the company at the end of this year after more than 25 years of service. During this transitional period, AJ RHODES will serve as acting Director of IT.