The Recording Academy, the organization that oversees the annual Grammy Awards, announced an overhaul of its leadership structure Tuesday, with the appointment of a pair of co-presidents who will join existing President Harvey Mason Jr.
Valeisha Butterfield Jones, who has been the academy’s chief diversity officer since last year, will continue to oversee diversity and inclusion efforts as a co-president, while also overseeing membership and the awards process.
Panos A. Panay, who previously served as vice president of Berklee College of Music, will be the academy’s co-president and chief revenue officer, charged with expanding business growth and services for academy members.
“The successful evolution of the Recording Academy is dependent on strong and innovative leaders, and I’m thrilled to elevate Valeisha and welcome Panos as co-presidents to help drive the Recording Academy’s continued transformation,” Mason said in a statement. “Both Valeisha and Panos are incredible leaders who have a proven record of progress, and together with the rest of the team, will continue to push the envelope at the Recording Academy and shape the organization to better serve, protect and celebrate the music community.”
Before joining the academy, Butterfield Jones served as global head of inclusion at Google and she co-founded Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network. She also served as national youth vote director for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
Prior to his work at Berklee, Panay was founder and CEO of Sonicbids, which connects emerging artists with music promoters, and also worked as a talent agent and vice president of The Kurland Agency.
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