Silvia Montello (US)
A seasoned music industry senior executive with 25+ years marketing, commercial and operational experience, including retail buying and sales promotions, end-to-end product development, multi-discipline marketing, brand campaigns and business development. I’ve worked for companies big and small, both major corporates and small independently owned companies - Our Price Music, Gramophone Publications, PolyGram/Universal, the new BMG and now Kobalt Music/AWAL where our mission is to support and nurture independent artists and labels. Starting as record store assistant after graduating, I’ve run the gamut through buying management, product/label and marketing management, reaching Divisional Marketing Director and latterly Group SVP Operations. I stepped out of music for a few years, founding my own marketing consultancy Voicebox Ltd working in the charity sector, gaining valuable insight into how working cultures can differ outside media and entertainment. A passionate people person, I’ve hired, developed and managed diverse colleagues, from junior assistant to SVP level, using coaching and mentoring to help promising talent fulfil their ambitions. I strongly believe in nurturing people and creating great team spirit, using enthusiasm, kindness and a healthy dose of humour — the world turns best when people have a happy environment, believe in what they do and are supported well.
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