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US Media & Comm management moves through Sept. 28: Google, Apple, Viacom

Media industry moves

* Google Inc.'s YouTube hired record label executive Lyor Cohen as its globalhead of music, in a bid to patch up its contentious relationship with the musicindustry, Bloomberg News reported Sept. 28. Among other tasks, Cohen will helprebuild YouTube's image with musicians who slammed the video platform for notdoing enough to protect their copyrights. Cohen joins YouTube from 300Entertainment, a boutique record label that he founded. Google is a unit ofAlphabet Inc.

* OuterwallInc. said Sept. 27 that its business segments will now bemanaged and operatedas three distinct businesses, following the completion of its by funds managed byaffiliates of Apollo Global Management LLC. Erik Prusch stepped down as CEO ofOuterwall in connection with the closing of the transaction. Galen Smith, whopreviously served as Outerwall's CFO, will now lead as itsCEO. Presidents James Gaherity and David Maquera were promoted to CEOs of theCoinstar and ecoATM Inc. businesses, respectively.

* Tremor VideoInc. appointed Jennifer Catto chief marketing officer of thecompany, according to a Sept. 27 news release. Catto will be responsible forTremor Video's global marketing, communications and research initiatives.

* Blake DeSimone was named as the new CFO of , according to aSept. 27 news release. DeSimone will succeed Peter Anevski who is leaving thecompany.

* ViacomInc. unit ViacomInternational Media Networks said Sept. 26 that it three executive promotionsfor its Asia-Pacific management team. Paras Sharma, previously senior vicepresident of MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount Channel as well as digital mediafor Asia, was appointed senior vice president and general manager for SoutheastAsia. Simon Bates, vice president of MTV, Comedy Central and Spike forAustralia and New Zealand, will become vice president and head of MTVAsia-Pacific as well as Comedy Central and Spike for Australia and New Zealand.Kirsty Bloore, research director for Australia and New Zealand, was promoted tosenior director of research for Asia-Pacific.

* Former LinkedIn Corp. and Apple Inc. executive Nick Bartle will Pandora Media Inc. as chief marketing officer, accordingto a Sept. 26 news release.

* Janice O'Reilly resigned as TechTarget Inc.'s CFO and treasurer, the company saidSept. 26. O'Reilly, who is relocating her primary residence, will continue toserve the company to help with the recruitment and transition to a new CFO.

* ParamountPictures Corp. Vice Chairman Rob Moore is the Viacom division, BloombergNews reported Sept. 23, citing an unnamed source. The Hollywood studio will notseek a replacement for Moore, according to the report.

* Apple acquired India-based machine-learning startup TuplejumpSoftware Pvt. Ltd., Bloomberg News reported Sept. 22, citing a person withknowledge of the deal. The startup's software quickly processes andanalyzes large chunks of data. Tuplejump founder Rohit Rai is now working forApple, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Communicationsindustry moves

No communications industry moves covered by S&P GlobalMarket Intelligence were announced or completed during the period.