SoundExchange announced today the appointment of Jonathan C. Bender as chief operating officer, a position formerly held by Barrie Kessler. Bender’s responsibilities include the organization’s operational structure, including oversight of distribution and account services, as well as the non-profit performance rights organization’s database for tracking, collecting and distributing music royalties on behalf of artists and record labels.

Bender joins SoundExchange having been senior vice president, operations, IT and digital development at independent label group Concord. He designed and managed a digital infrastructure to host and distribute the artist catalogs of its three combined companies – Concord Records, Fantasy Records and Telarc International – and led the integration of all physical product operations, in addition to revamping all of the group’s online properties.

Prior to that, Bender spent spent seven years with Universal Music Group, most recently as vice president, digital asset management and logistics.

“As we move SoundExchange into its next chapter, we’re fortunate to have Jonathan’s deep level of operational, industry and technical expertise,” SoundExchange president Michael Huppe said. “Jonathan has a solid reputation, most notably for pioneering digital content development for some of the world’s leading record labels, and a track record in growing and transforming organizations.”

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