The Recording Academy Names Valeisha Butterfield Jones And Panos A. Panay Co-Presidents
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The Recording Academy Names Valeisha Butterfield Jones And Panos A. Panay Co-Presidents

Panos A. Panay, Harvey Mason jr. and Valeisha Butterfield Jones
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The Recording Academy, the organization that presents the Grammy Awards, has added more “color” to its leadership team, adding Valeisha Butterfield Jones and Panos A. Panay as co-presidents.

 The news comes after The Recording Academy recently elevated Chief Operating Officer Branden Chapman and Chief Industry Officer Ruby Marchand as part of a modernized leadership team. With the recent changes, former president Harvey Mason Jr. will now hold the title of CEO.

Per Instagram:

“Our President/CEO, @HarveyMasonjr., has appointed @Valeisha Butterfield Jones and Panos A. Panay (@panosapanay) as Co-Presidents, effective Aug. 16, 2021.

“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 responsible for driving business growth across the entire organization to further expand services for its members and the industry.


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