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YORK UPPED TO CAPITOL CHRISTIAN PREXY
CEO Bill Hearn Lays Out Additional Changes and Restructuring

Longtime Christian music exec Peter York has ascended to President of Capitol Christian Music Group, York’s boss, CCMG CEO Bill Hearn, announced this morning.

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 the Sparrow, Forefront, sixsteps, Hillsong and Jesus Culture labels.

With his promotion of York, Hearn will intensify his focus on driving the company’s strategic direction, business development initiatives and key partner relationships. Hearn will also continue to oversee the Motown Gospel label, which is led by Ken Pennell, President Gospel Music at CCMG.

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 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 teaming with Hearn’s son Bill to run the label.

In related moves, CCMG Publishing EVP Casey McGinty and Distribution EVP Greg Bays, will now report directly to York. Label Group SVP A&R Brad O'Donnell, and newly appointed SVP Marketing Hudson Plachy, will continue to report to York. O’Donnell will assume increased responsibility for the Label Group’s overall A&R strategy, creative direction and roster development. Plachy, previously CCMG’s VP Marketing, will assume expanded responsibilities for guiding all marketing and revenue growth strategies for the Label Group and its roster of 25+ active artists.

“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,” Hearn offered. “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.”

In his official statement, York explained, “ 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.”

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.

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. 

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