Scott Ackerman, Chief Executive Officer
Scott Ackerman is the CEO of TuneCore and serves on its Board of Directors. Scott joined TuneCore in 2010 as the Senior Vice President of Customer Care and that same year he became the Chief Operating Officer. In 2012, he was promoted to the position of President, then in 2014 he became CEO. Under Scott's leadership, TuneCore has launched initiatives to ensure TuneCore Artists can access the most advanced processes and technologies in music distribution and music publishing administration. Scott oversaw the growth in digital store partnerships and started the Artist Services marketplace as well as an Innovation Lab with a focus on product development. During Scott's tenure, TuneCore has also opened new offices in Nashville and Boston and launched TuneCore Japan and TuneCore Canada.
Scott developed TuneCore's Customer Care into a world-class service department. It's a skill he honed as VP of Customer Service at eHarmony, where his department was recognized with the American Business Association "Stevie Award" for Customer Service Department of the Year 2009. Prior to joining eHarmony, Scott served as VP for Customer Care and Call Centers for Cendant, where he developed and managed operations for brands like Orbitz, which under Scott's guidance was ranked No. 1 in online customer experience. Other past executive operations positions include work at American Airlines, Northwest Airlines and US Airways. Scott holds a J.D. from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University and a B.A. in business communications from Pepperdine University.
Matt Barrington, Controller
Matt joined TuneCore in 2010 from TBWA (an Omnicom company) where he served as Financial Systems Manager and developed and implemented the strategic plan for TBWA’s North America Microsoft Dynamics AX implementation. Prior to joining TBWA, he held a similar position with Agency.com, who was the industry leader in interactive marketing.
Matt started his financial career with Guy Carpenter & Co. (a Marsh & McLennan Company) as an Accountant. Over his nine-year tenure, he took on increasingly complex projects and responsibilities, culminating in his role as an Assistant Vice President in the Corporate Finance department. Matt holds a double MBA in Financial Management and Information Systems from Pace University and a BS degree in Business Communications & Management from Adelphi University.
Joe Cuello, Chief Creative Officer
Joe joined TuneCore as CCO in 2014. Joe directs the operations of TuneCore Music Publishing Administration, which helps songwriters collect 13 different composition royalties from over 60 countries. He directs a team who are experts in registering, licensing and pitching compositions worldwide. Joe also oversees the TuneCore Entertainment Relations team, which provides TuneCore Artists with opportunities to showcase their talent and gain visibility with our digital store partners, with fans, and within the greater TuneCore community.
Joe has worked with independent artists over a 20-year stretch. As a Senior Vice President, during his decade-long tenure at MTV, he established the Creative Music Integration Department, which was responsible for music across all programming. In addition, he launched promotional campaigns that introduced emerging independent artists to the MTV audience. Joe is currently an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Masters In Entertainment Industry Management program. He holds a M.A. Ed. from Azusa Pacific University and B.F.A. / Painting and Drawing from University of North Texas.
James DeNino, Director of Product Strategy
James comes to TuneCore through the acquisition of DropKloud and is co-founder of HardHill Media. James brings a depth of experience working closely with musicians to identify and develop opportunities for innovation, and bringing those opportunities to life.
After graduating with a BSBA from the Suffolk University Entrepreneurship Program in 2012, James became Director of Third Party Marketplaces for a rapidly growing online retailer in the grocery and gourmet foods sector. He oversaw the entire business unit, including purchasing, freight and logistics, vendor relations, accounting, shipment preparation, and marketplace account management. James has developed a strong understanding of reaching consumers in some of the most competitive online environments.
Troy Denkinger, Vice President Engineering
Troy comes to TuneCore with over 20 years in the software development field. His experience spans architecting new systems based on identified needs, building complex systems, and quickly bringing systems into production in a high-demand environment.
Troy has spent 14+ years of his professional career in the digital music space, having previously worked at TotalMusic, IODA, and AOL Music Now. Most recently, Troy was Vice President of Engineering at relentlessGENERATOR, a division of Sony DADC New Media Solutions. Troy has led large software engineering teams in the successful implementation of several business-critical initiatives. While at Total Music, Troy led the build for the “cloud” that provided a set of APIs so that developers could access music metadata, socially created content (such as playlists, ratings, reviews), and streams; and had total responsibility for all backend music and data processing systems while at IODA.
Troy is a Certified Scrum Master and holds a BA from the University of Northern Iowa.
Kedar Frederic, Director of Product Innovation
Kedar comes to TuneCore through the acquisition of DropKloud and is co-founder of HardHill Media. Kedar is a creative force with 10+ years experience in music management production and songwriting. He has written over 300 songs, co-managed independent artists, and run a recording studio to help independent artists hone their craft. Kedar founded a promotional company while working for Show-Off records under DJ Statik Selektah (now of Shade 45) and worked with major and independent labels from Landspeed to Def Jam running street teams and guerrilla marketing tactics.
Kedar also honed his product promotion skills during 5 years as VP of Sales for a custom candy manufacturer helping to grow the business to millions in revenue with key accounts including Starbucks, Macy’s, and 7-Eleven. He holds a BA from Bridgewater State College.
Elise Holzheimer, Vice President of Product Management
Elise brings over 25 years of product management experience creating products in the travel, publishing, and telecommunications industries. Over the last 15 years, Elise has led digital product teams redesigning sites and maximizing business potential. She has overseen complete redesigns of Orbitz, Hyatt Hotels, and Oprah.com. Elise has held digital leadership positions with AT&T, NewsCorp, and Lexis-Nexis. Elise began her career creating products for Scott Foresman and AT&T.
Elise holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from The University of Chicago and a BS degree in Finance from the University of Illinois.
Shelby Kennedy, Vice President Entertainment Relations
Shelby brings to TuneCore a 25-year history of wide-ranging experience across management, publishing, production, songwriting and performance functions as well as extensive relationships throughout the music and entertainment community.
The son of legendary guitarist Jerry Kennedy, Shelby was born into the Nashville music scene. Prior to joining TuneCore, Shelby has held diverse roles with companies including ASCAP, BMI, Lyric Street Records, Wide Open Music Group and Cherry Heart Music and Entertainment and ran his own company, Porch Pickin’ Publishing, for the past 18 years. Shelby holds a BBA in Music Business from Belmont University.
Tamra Lichtman, Chief Marketing Officer
Since 2013, Tamra has led the Marketing team, which engages TuneCore Artists and prospective customers with a variety of marketing channels including the TuneCore site, social media, email, paid media and public relations. Tamra's team has developed marketing campaigns introducing new products and services geared to support TuneCore Artists as they produce, share and sell their music worldwide. A global, engaged TuneCore Artist community shares advice and encouragement about all stages in the musical journey.
Tamra brings 20+ years of experience developing and marketing consumer products for well-known companies and startups. Previously, as Chief Marketing Officer at Shutterstock, Tamra increased revenue by optimizing the customer/photographer experiences. At Webloyalty, she held management roles for 11 years in acquisition and retention marketing and product management, helping the company grow from inception to become the 12th fastest growing technology company in North America with $290 million in revenue. Other executive experiences include positions at The Clorox Company and Evian. Tamra earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Haverford College.
Camille Moussard, Director Digital Content Management and Analytics
Camille comes to TuneCore with an extensive business and musician background. She has been deeply involved in the digital music industry since graduating with a BA degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. A YouTube strategist, Camille worked at Octoly, a Paris-based start-up, where she drafted and executed YouTube audience development and copyright management strategies for European media groups and for building targeted advertising packaging on YouTube. Prior to Octoly, Camille worked in the ContentID team at The Orchard in New York, where she implemented and claimed copyright for their customers. Camille also served as Country Manager at Yala Music, an online music service for Middle East, and articles covering her work were featured on Hypebot and Arabnet.
Gill brings more than 25 years of venture capital investing experience in software, communications and semiconductors as well as building and leading venture capital firms. Gill is the founding partner of Opus Capital. Prior to Opus, he was a founding partner and Managing Partner of Lightspeed Venture Partners. He was also Managing General Partner at Weiss, Peck & Greer Venture Partners. Gill has invested in a wide variety of early stage information technology companies such as Vantive (NASDAQ: VNTV, acquired by PeopleSoft (NASDAQ:PSFT)), Harmonic Lightwaves, Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT), Visigenic Software (NASDAQ: VSGN, acquired by Borland (NASDAQ: BORL)), Airgate PCS, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCSA, acquired by Alamosa Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: APCS)), P-Com (NASDAQ: PCOM), Kalpana (acquired by Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)), and many others.
Prior to joining WPG in 1990, Gill managed the West Coast operations of Adler & Company and was on the team that made investments in companies such as Mercury Interactive [NASDAQ: MERQ, acquired by Hewlett Packard (NYSE: HPQ)], Zoran Corporation (NASDAQ: ZRAN) and IXYS (NASDAQ: IXYS). He was one of three General Partners who formed the first independent Israeli venture fund in 1985. Gill has significant operating experience as a result of his tenure as CEO of Formtek Inc., a systems company based on technology developed at the Carnegie-Mellon University, which was acquired by Lockheed Corporation. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Electronics for Imaging (NASDAQ: EFII) and serves on the Board of Directors of several privately held companies. Gill holds an MBA from UCLA.
Mike joined Guitar Center in August 2005 as Senior Counsel and has served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel since August 2012. Prior to joining Guitar Center, Mike was an associate and later shareholder in the Corporate & Securities practice group of Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C., from October 1997 to July 2005. Prior to joining Jenkens & Gilchrist, P.C., Mike was an associate with Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in its Financial Institutions practice group. Mike graduated with honors with an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College in 1989 and graduated with a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison Law School in 1992. Mike also is a professional musician with work that has appeared on cable and network television series and commercials.
Ron joined Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in 1970, serving as a Partner from 1977-2011. His practice was in litigation and included government investigations, major securities, merger and acquisition and antitrust litigations. Prior, Ron acted as Law Clerk to Hon. Marvin E. Frankel, U.S. District Judge, Southern District of New York. Ron holds an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School where he was named to Law Review and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a James Kent Scholar. Ron serves on two NYSE company boards and private for profit and nonprofit boards.
Art has over 20 years experience in building companies to become leaders in their industries. Art serves as the CEO at RepairPal where he is helping transform the auto repair industry by launching Top Shop and helping consumers find a trusted place to get their cars fixed. Prior, Art was CEO of Connexus, a global advertising and marketing company that builds brands and drives customer acquisition across Display, Search, Mobile and Social. Previously, Art served as President and CEO of myCFO growing that startup to its sale to Harris Bank after achieving the #1 rating from Bloomberg Wealth Manager for two consecutive years. Prior to myCFO, Art was at Charles Schwab where he launched www.schwab.com and helped grow it to more than $1 billion in revenue. While at Schwab, Art also ran the mass-market business deploying technologies to improve service and lower costs, and created and ran Schwab’s Strategic Planning Group. He has also held positions domestically and internationally with McKinsey and Chase.
Art holds a BA, magna cum laude, in Mathematical Economics from Brown University where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa and an MBA from Stanford University. He was also selected as a Henry R. Luce Scholar and spent a year in Thailand working on Public Policy.