Worldpop.com, the pop music portal, has announced several additions
to its management line-up.
The site has recruited John Mais, previously managing director of
industry market research specialists MRIB, to oversee the commercial
division, with responsibility for Worldpop’s chart activity.
Journalists Rob da Bank and Lindsay McWhinnie join from Muzik magazine
to become dance editor and managing editor respectively.
The former general manager at Warner Music UK, Phil Knox-Roberts, joins
as head of music business development. Gary Pitt, formerly business
development manager of peoplesound.com, becomes head of business
development and Kate Grady has joined from Scoot.com as Worldpop’s new
media business manager.
The appointments take Worldpop’s staff numbers to 41 and more
appointments are expected later in the month.
Worldpop.com’s aims to be ’the Reuters of pop’, according to chief
executive and chairman, former BBC disc jockey Peter Powell. As well as
interviews and Radio 1/Top of the Pops-style chat, its offerings include
a world singles chart based on sales in 52 countries.
Last week the site announced the signing of Spice Girl Mel C as its
advertising spokeswoman. She will front a national radio, poster and
The web site is also to co-sponsor Mel C’s upcoming UK tour.