Mike O’Neill, President and CEO of BMI, today announced two key promotions within the company’s executive team. Alison Smith, SVP of Operations, Distribution, and Administration has been promoted to EVP, Distribution, Publisher Relations & Administration Services; and Mike Steinberg, SVP of Licensing, has been elevated to EVP, Creative & Licensing. Both promotions are effective immediately.
Smith’s and Steinberg’s new roles reflect a restructuring of BMI’s Writer/Publisher department following the retirement of Phil Graham, BMI’s SVP of Writer/Publisher Relations, who announced earlier this year that he is leaving the company after a distinguished 40-year career. Smith will now formally oversee the business and financial relationships with BMI’s publishers, while Steinberg will add oversight of the newly-named Creative group to his current portfolio.
O’Neill commented, “As the music industry continues to evolve it makes perfect sense to realign BMI’s internal teams to better meet the needs of our songwriters, composers, publishers and licensees. These new roles position BMI to build on the tremendous success of our creative and distribution teams, growing our relationships within the industry and creating even more impactful opportunities for both the music creators we represent and the businesses we partner with to deliver that music to the public.” He added, “Alison and Mike are two of the most talented executives I’ve had the pleasure to work with, and I look forward to their continued leadership as they elevate BMI’s efforts within the industry.”