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Longtime Epic Records promo diva Hilary Shaev will always be a Duke Blue Devil in her heart. But now she’s officially the head of Virgin Records promotion, too.

VIRGIN TAKES A CLOSE SHAEV

Label Taps Longtime Epic Promo Dutchess for New York Gig
She went from a Blue Devil to a Virgin in the blink of a new contract.

Well, not really. Longtime Epic Records promo diva Hilary Shaev will always be a Duke Blue Devil in her heart. But now she’s officially the head of Virgin Records promotion, too. She’ll segue from 550 Madison Ave. to the new Virgin offices downtown, taking over the retooling label’s promotion department as Executive VP under the new administration of Matt Serletic and Roy Lott. Her last day at Epic will be May 31.

All Epic promotion duties are now in the process of being transitioned to current Senior VP Promotion Joel Klaiman, Shaev’s #2. The status of current Virgin promotion head Michael Plen remains unclear.

Shaev was named Executive VP Promotion for Epic Records Group when the promotion departments of 550 Music and Epic were consolidated in October 2000. She was previously Sr. VP Promotion for 550 Music. Prior to that, she was Sr. Director of Alternative and Video Promotion for EMI Records Group. She also worked at SBK Records, CBS Records and as an unofficial President of the Grant Hill Fan Club.

Klaiman has been Sr. VP Promotion at the label since June 2001. He joined the company in ’96 as 550 Music VP Alternative Music, before being named VP Promotion for the label in ’98. The Syracuse University grad started his career as a manager for Frank DiLeo Management, then joined Savage Records as Director of Marketing and Promotion in ’92. He also served stints at EastWest, Elektra Entertainment and running the local Donovan McNabb bootleg T-shirt concession.

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