The Recording Academy President/CEO Harvey Mason jr. has announced that the Academy has named Valeisha Butterfield Jones and Panos A. Panay as Co-Presidents, effective on Aug. 16, 2021. The news comes after The Recording Academy had recently elevated Chief Operating Officer Branden Chapman and Chief Industry Officer Ruby Marchand as part of a modernized leadership team. With the recent changes, Mason will now hold the title of CEO.
“This new structure is recognition that further progress and building of the organization requires exceptional leaders with different strengths and areas of focus to drive innovation and accountability.
“With the aim of better serving #RecordingAcademy members and the music industry at-large, the team will work directly under Mason, whose title will shift to CEO.”
“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 written 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.”
As Co-President, Butterfield Jones will still continue to oversee the Recording Academy’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. She will also oversee the efforts with people and culture, membership, awards, advocacy, and related initiatives.
Panay will hold the dual-title of Co-President and Chief Revenue Officer and will be tasked with driving business growth across the entire organization to further expand the service offerings for our members and the industry.