Mumbai: Warner Music Group has named Mitchell Wolk as president of its independent distribution company ADA. In his new role, Wolk will report directly to Andy Allen, chairman of independent music for WMG.
"Wolk has done an outstanding job overseeing ADA’s day-to-day operations," said WMG’s award-winning U.S. sales and retail marketing company WEA president and CEO John Esposito. "Wolk has proven himself to be the ideal executive to lead the company while Andy focuses on WMG’s global independent music strategy."
Allen said, "I am excited about the opportunity to continue building the industry’s best infrastructure for indie labels and their artists. With Wolk’s outstanding stewardship guiding ADA going forward, I am now able to focus on WMG’s broader independent music strategy knowing that our label partners couldn’t be in better hands. I look forward to working with Wolk on crafting the next great chapter for ADA."
"Andy built ADA into the best and most successful indie distributor in the U.S. and I’ve learned a tremendous amount from him in the time we’ve worked together," said Wolk. "I’m thrilled to continue working with Andy as he concentrates on growing ADA into the pre-eminent distributor of global indie music."
ADA gives independent record labels access to a flexible distribution system that marries the effectiveness and convenience of a major label with the marketing sensibilities of an independent. Its success has proven the importance of creating a national distribution system with a strong artist-development sales philosophy for the independent music industry.
Wolk joined WMG’s Independent Label Group in 2005, the label family of WEA. In 2006 he was named ADA’s executive vice president where he was responsible for the company’s managerial, financial, business development and administrative operations.