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Inside Track: RCA’s Top Two Execs Move West

Edited by Dan Rys

RCA Records’ two top executives have relocated to Los Angeles from New York.

Over the last several weeks, both label chairman/CEO Peter Edge and chief operating officer John Fleckenstein have made the move.

A source tells Billboard the shift is in large part “because the creative community is in Los Angeles, including artist managers.” RCA had no official comment.

With RCA employees still working from home during the pandemic, a source says there is no word on if there will be more shifts from the East to West coast. Mark Pitts, who was upped to president earlier this year, is based in New York.

The company announced a number of other changes today, naming Jamie Abzug senior vp/head of publicity. Based in Los Angeles, she replaces Mika El-Baz, who holds the dual title of executive vp West Coast/ executive vp, publicity. El Baz is leaving at the end of this month, as is senior vp publicity Sarah Weinstein Dennison, who is based in New York. Both El-Baz and Weinstein Dennison have been with the label for 17 years.

Billboard previously reported that Tunji Balogun, former executive vp of A&R, left the label in August and will become Def Jam Records’ new chairman/CEO effective Jan. 1, 2022.

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