PAUL WOOLNOUGH: Founder & CEO
Paul is a visionary brand innovator and serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of executive management, business development and global operational experience. Paul creates, builds, and develops disrupter brands and organizations from concept to launch, while overseeing operational management, strategy development, and investor relations, with a focus in the entertainment and media business sectors.
During his career Paul has touched almost every aspect of the music and media business. Starting in the music industry at 16 as a drummer, he progressed quickly to producing concerts, touring with and managing bands across the globe, owning and operating live music venues, creating the world's first multi-lingual talent booking agency, going on to create the first management and record label to offer artist partnership contracts that have become industry standard.
From its inception in 2003 until 2016, Paul served as the Executive Vice President and Board Member of Penske Media Corporation (www.pmc.com). His unique entrepreneurial, operating, negotiation and problem solving skills enabled Paul and Jay Penske, its Founder and CEO, to build PMC from the ground up into one of the world’s largest digital media companies that now owns household media brands such as Rolling Stone, Variety, Billboard, Hollywood Reporter, Robb Report, Deadline.com, SheKnows, Womens Wear Daily, Sportico and many more. In his leadership role at PMC, Paul was responsible for all contract matters, mergers and acquisitions, managed all joint ventures and strategic partnerships, international development, investor relationships and communications and oversaw all global corporate governance compliance. He also was PMC’s representative and served on the board of directors of India.com, an India based joint venture between PMC and ZEE Entertainment Ltd, one of the largest television and media companies in India. Paul also worked directly with PMC’s Advisory Board that included such illustrious people as Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple Computers, Dennis Repp, the former President of Union Bank Venture Capital and Allstate, and Paul Hazen, the Chairman of Vodafone and former CEO and Chairman of Wells Fargo Bank.
Prior to joining PMC, Paul founded and ran a global consulting company that provided operational, management, security, logistical, touring and consulting services around the world for major entertainment companies, artists, promoters and leisure brands. He travelled the globe working with, or on behalf of major entertainment companies, brands, and a vast array of early stage, emerging, legacy & major performing artists, providing a unique set of services including creating opportunities for Artists to perform in territories that were previously uncharted, overlooked or underdeveloped, or rarely visited, creating new revenue streams and opportunities for artists, brands and corporations.
In keeping with his passion about the environment, and taking him back to his roots of growing up in Coventry, England, the former center of the UK auto industry where is father was a car designer, Paul served from 2007 to 2016 as a Principal and Vice President of Dragon Racing, a professional motorsports race team founded by Jay Penske, that originally competed in IndyCar and now is one of 12 team franchises competing in the zero emissions all-electric FIA Formula E Global Motorsports Championship.
Paul is also a co-trustee of the Manteo Foundation, a non-profit he founded with award winning UK TV presenter, writer and film maker Nick Knowles. Manteo has a unique money raising strategy that helps veterans in the USA and UK and is an official partner of Walking With the Wounded, the veteran's charity founded by HRH Prince Harry.
ANDRE RECKE: Executive Vice President & Head of Artist Development
Andre has over 30 years’ experience in the music business. In his career Andre has touched all aspects of the industry, from performing in his own band, through to negotiating publishing deals, merchandising deals, sponsorship deals, commercial deals, master use and Sync right deals for TV and movies, as well managing Artists, touring the world and providing services to some of the largest pop acts of the last 20 years. Beginning his career as a concert promoter in Germany, his first clients included such names as Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles and Fats Domino. After learning the ropes from such luminaries, he went on to sign his own band to Polydor Records.
After recording 2 albums he moved into the merchandise side of the industry, working with artists such as Backstreet Boys, N’SYNC, Aaron Carter, No Authority, Take 5, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Garbage, David Bowie, and LFO. During this time Recke also secured corporate tour sponsorship for his artists from T-Mobile, BMW, Pepsi Cola, Hugo Boss. He formed Cockroach Records and signed Artists, Tito & Tarantula (did soundtracks for “Desperado”, “From Dusk till Dawn” etc) – who released three albums, all which appeared in the Top 100 Album Charts in Europe.
Recke moved into Artist management, with clients included Lou Bega (US, Canada & Latin America) with worldwide #1 Hit “Mambo No 5” selling more than 20 million records, R5 (Disney/Hollywood Records), MYRA, Jessica Sutta - former Pussycat Doll, Ross Lynch and Hilary Duff, the Disney star who sold over 18 million albums. Andre managed her from the age of 13, developing her music career, including putting her live bands together as well as planning her worldwide arena tours. Recke also served as SVP of A&R Continental Europe for EMI Music, where he oversaw all releases and Artist development.
TOM "GROVER" BIERY: President EX1 Records, Head of Artist & Label Services
Tom “Grover” Biery is one of the most experienced and successful music marketing executives in the business. From 2017 to early 2019, Tom served as BMG’s EVP Recorded Music, managing daily business activity of recorded music for labels BMG, Rise Records, and RBC where he grew US revenue share to over 60% of BMG’s global revenue. During his tenure he executed innovative programs and exceeded all revenue expectations, generating multiple #1 radio songs, and directly generated tens of billions of streams for its Artists. Prior to BMG, Grover served as Concord Music Group’s SVP Streaming, Digital Marketing and Strategy, where he established the Streaming/Digital Marketing Department, hiring and implementing a digital marketing team. Responsible for all streaming and digital strategies across 7 different CMG labels, he maximized streaming revenue opportunities and doubled digital revenue within 12 months.
Prior to Concord, Grover was the Founder and President of an artist management and music consulting company focused on digital platforms, streaming and traditional radio services and strategies, with clients including Kalin & Myles, Myles Parrish, Moosh & Twist, Megan & Liz, Artist Partner Group, Loma Vista Recordings, Republic Records, Sony Red, Kobalt Label Services, Norton Records, Stitch Music, My Music Empire, and Pop2life.
From 1990 to 2010 Grover was at Warner Bros, starting as a local promotion manager in Cleveland, Ohio. Promoted to Chicago market and eventually was promoted to VP of Alternative Music in Los Angeles. In 2005, he was promoted to EVP Promotion and Marketing, accountable for strategy and execution of WBR and Reprise artists to radio including choosing singles and managing the release schedule. Built a vinyl LP business within WBR. In 2006 he was promoted to General Manager/EVP an oversaw all aspects of day-to-day operations of legendary record label, creating and developing additional revenue streams on digital and traditional platforms, managed a $300 million annual budget and liaised with Warner Music Group Corporate on policy, budget and long-term strategy issues.
ANDY GOULD: Manager
Andy Gould joined the Explorer1 team in January 2020 and serves as Primary Manager to EX1's legacy rock acts Artists. Andy started his career as a “tea boy” at George Martin’s (The Beatles) famous AIR London Studios, Gould eventually rose in the ranks to become a prolific artist manager, overseeing the careers of some of the biggest names in rock.
Over the years he’s managed or co-managed such acts as Pantera, White Zombie, Rob Zombie, Linkin Park, Lionel Richie, Morrissey and Guns N’ Roses. In 2013, he also established his own label, in partnership with Universal Music Enterprises called T-Boy Records, which signed such acts as Megadeth, P.O.D., and Eagles of Death Metal. After establishing himself as a legend in the music industry, Andy seamlessly segued himself into the role of producer.
He’s produced all six of Zombie’s films including the controversial and critically acclaimed Lionsgate films House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. Gould also produced Zombie’s re-imagining of the horror classic Halloween (2007) for The Weinstein Company, which broke and still holds the Labor Day weekend box office record. He continued his role as producer on Halloween 2 and partnered with Film Roman on the animated feature, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. In 2012, Gould and Zombie produced their 6th feature, The Lords of Salem, produced in conjunction with Jason Blum and Oren Peli (Insidious, Paranormal Activity franchise), and premiered to critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival 2012. Anchor Bay Films emerged as the home for the film, which released theatrically in 2013. Zombie’s latest film, horror juggernaut “31”, premiered at Sundance in 2016, Gould successfully completed American Satan starring Malcolm McDowell. Most recently, Gould began developing his first country artist, Caroline Jones, as well as developing new relationships with Scott Stapp, TEMPT (newly signed to Allen Kovac’s Better Noise Records), megashow band Yachtley Crew, and Drowning Pool. Andy also stays busy as a board member of the TJ Martell Foundation, the music industry's largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.
SANJEEV LAMBA: Territory Head, South & South East Asia
Sanjeev is an accomplished global executive with 35 years’ experience of strategic and business leadership within the media and entertainment industry. He has successfully led cross-functional teams in movie production, distribution and marketing, video games, digital music and digital content, home entertainment, consumer products licensing and advertising. Throughout his career he has delivered strong results in senior executive roles while based in the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, and India and conducted business in over 25 countries around the world.
Sanjeev joins Explorer1 Music Group and works closely with the CEO and senior management in overall strategy for the region. In the role he oversees South Asian business development and strategic partnerships, with a focus with a focus on music distribution, marketing and promotion and touring for Explorer1’s international and domestic (Indian) Artist’s.
Most recently Sanjeev served as the CEO of Reliance Entertainment for six years, based out of Mumbai, India. While at Reliance he was responsible for managing the development and production of movies in seven Indian languages and their distribution, marketing and sales worldwide across all platforms. Additionally he also managed the production and distribution of home entertainment products in India for Indian language films and major Hollywood Studios including Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros. and DreamWorks. In addition to being a partner in the DreamWorks Studios, Reliance Entertainment was also responsible for the Indian distribution of all DreamWorks' films as well as the production and distribution of independently produced films through IMGlobal, a Reliance subsidiary based in Los Angeles. Prior to Reliance, Sanjeev served at Disney where he was initially based in Hong Kong as the Regional Director, Marketing and Creative across 12 Asia Pacific countries for Disney Consumer Products, the merchandise licensing business, at the time the largest Disney business across Asia Pacific. Subsequently he managed Disney Consumer Products in Tokyo, Disney’s second largest consumer products business after the US, also coordinating marketing efforts across all Disney divisions in Japan. Relocating to Los Angeles, he joined Buena Vista Games, Disney’s video games division, serving in dual roles as head of all the international video games businesses outside the US and as domestic head of marketing for the US. He started his career in India, spending a decade with Ogilvy and Mather in advertising working on campaigns for leading global and domestic brands, leading Ogilvy’s New Delhi operations for a few years and serving as Client Services Director out of the Indian headquarters in Mumbai.
PHILIP SLAVIN: Chief Financial Officer
Philip is a relationship-driven international commercial executive with extensive experience and demonstrable track record in leading financial strategy to maximize profit margins and ROI. An excellent influencer with ability to forge effective partnerships, and deliver results in a fast-paced, complex & global matrix environment. Philip’s experience enables him to combine strong strategic and analytical skills with sound innate commercial judgement, along with an owner’s mindset with sharp operational delivery to support dynamic growth and performance improvement.
From 2008 until 2019, Philip served as the CFO of Unibail Rodamco Westfield (France & Dutch listed public company), the largest public real estate company in Europe with $72bn in assets under management and revenues over $3.3bn. Concurrently with this role, he also served as Chief Financial Officer, USA & Europe, for Westfield, where he was responsible for 35 properties, comprising 44.2m square feet of gross lettable area with over 6,500 retailers, $1.5bn of revenue and a combined valuation of $34.5bn. Philip helped lead negotiations for 15-25 year $500m+ terminal retail contracts at LAX, Chicago O’Hare, New York, and proposals for new retail development deals at other major US and International airports. He also assisted multiple financing transactions, exceeding $1bn per annum, at both asset (mortgage) and corporate levels, (Securitizations, 144a, EMTN, Eurobonds etc.).
Organizationally, Philip worked with internal and external consultant partners to redefine organizational structures, working methods, reporting and systems across the entire global business. Prior to Westfield, Philip served at Arthur Anderson from 1996, and then became Director, Audit and Transaction Advisory for Deloitte, London, UK and New York, NY when Deloitte & Arthur Andersen combined in the UK in 2002, where he worked with many companies across real estate, services, marketing and technology sectors including WPP Group, British Land, SEGRO, Tomkins, Rank Hovis McDougall and Kerzner International. Philip is a Chartered Accountant (Equivalent to US CPA), and his expertise includes: International Financial Reporting Standards, financial planning & analysis, team building & management, process improvement & controls, strategic forecasting, cashflow modelling, systems implementation, fund management, mergers and acquisitions and banker and investor relations.
FIONA DEARING: Marketing Director
A seasoned executive with over 15 years corporate marketing experience, with a focus in the music industry, Fiona has worked for major record labels including Sony/BMG, Interscope/Geffen/AM Records, Capitol Music/Virgin Records and as an independent consultant. Fiona has worked with a huge variety of artists including; Neil Diamond, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, Mary J Blige, Don Henley, Rise Against, Lifehouse, Annie Lennox, Pussycat Dolls, Black Eyed Peas, Snow Patrol, Bastille, Il Volo, Phillip Phillips, Enrique Iglesias and many more.
BOB DIVNEY: Head of Radio Marketing and Promotions
Bob has spent three decades in the business of music and has worked in all areas of the Music Business; from music retail to sales marketing, music distribution to video production and radio promotion to artist management. As a VP of promotion for Warner Music’s Reprise Records, then VP of Promotion/Artist Manager at The Firm, followed by General Manager of Adrenaline Music Group, he has worked closely with a diverse roster of artists. Bob manages and oversees EX1's global marketing and promotion strategy for all EX1's Artists, including radio, video, social and digital media, public relations, and all other promotional channels
GLEN FIRSTENBERG: DSP Relationship Manager
Glen has a 20 year career of experience working in all facets of the music business including digital & sales marketing, social media, playlisting strategies, forecasting analytics and physical sales. Glen’s been instrumental in creating and executing retail business and marketing plans for artists including: Eminem, Lady Gaga, U2 and Black Eyed Peas. Glen’s work experience includes heading sales and marketing initiatives for independent label, Restless Records to Universal’s Interscope Records as well as Apple Music/iTunes marketing. Glen’s field of expertise with E1 is in targeting and securing editorial placement from among all the major DSPs and in facilitating user generated and genre play-listing such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Google Play. Glen’s music retail and industry contacts are vast and his deep relationships with digital and physical retailers, distributors and emerging music tech companies provides real insight into the evert changing music retail landscape. Taking into account real time business analysis Glen creates and executes retail sales marketing plans & social media strategy.
ELIZABETH GILCREAST: Sponsorship & Live Events
Elizabeth is a seasoned, strategic, and creative entertainment marketing, business development negotiator and consultant with over 25 years of experience in the media, entertainment, philanthropic, arts, corporate and film business. Elizabeth spent three years as head of Strategic Partnerships for Lincoln Center in New York, responsible for all business development and creating new revenue streams for the film center, negotiating all of the studio deals and corporate sponsorship, while serving as the primary liaison between the FSLC, movie studios and Board Members. She was also responsible for the creation and ongoing oversight of a variety of events such as the annual New York Film Festival, film and television premieres, product launches and the Awards Screening Series. Elizabeth managed event production, technology installations, caterers, and various other vendors. She also oversaw all business development efforts, budgets and creation of new strategic partnerships through programming and new content platforms.
Before FSLC, Elizabeth was Director of Strategic Partnerships for the American Film Institute where she was responsible for corporate sponsors including AA, Audi, AT&T, Coca-cola, Netflix, Morgan Stanley and Verizon. Elizabeth received a B.A, Business Administration and a minor in Asian Studies from U.C Berkeley.
TONY NEWTON: Head of Production, UK Development
Tony is an international touring musician, recording artist, producer, engineer and song writer. Renown for his critically acclaimed work on the stage as well as behind the mixing desk. Tony’s career spans three decades and he has worked with some of the largest names in the music industry. Whether he is mixing and recording live performances for multi-platinum artists, mixing broadcast mixes for global live streams, engineering and producing in the studio, songwriting, or playing in front of thousands of fans with his band Voodoo Six, Tony has always been one of the “go-to” professionals for major labels and artists. Tony serves as the Senior Engineer for Barnyard Studios, owned by Steve Harris from Iron Maiden, and all projects that are recorded in Steve’s studios in the UK, Europe and Bahamas.
As a Record Producer and Studio Engineer, Tony was one of the early adopters and pioneers of Pro-Tools, quickly becoming one of the most requested producers and engineers using the new digital format. That demand saw him tour the world recording and producing live shows for such artists as Iron Maiden, KISS, and British Lion, receiving multiple gold and platinum discs for his services. This includes the Iron Maiden live album and DVD, ‘The Book of Souls: Live Chapter’ released in November 2017, which Tony recorded, engineered and produced.
Artists that work with Tony in the studio, appreciate his unique ability to capture the essence of their live sound, and this has resulted in him being requested to mix their live shows as well. Artists and labels that use his services include: Universal Records, EMI, BMG, Columbia Records, Sanctuary Music, Portrait Records, and Roadrunner, with most notable artists including; The Raven Age, 6 Hour Sundown, Iron Maiden, British Lion, KISS, Toseland, Lauren Harris, The Treatment and many others. In addition to mixing and capturing live shows, Tony has mixed the live sound for broadcast from a mobile studio at venues, including major live global broadcasts from Rock am Ring Festival, Download Festival, Sky Arts TV, the BBC and more.
Tony recent recordings for EX1 include; engineering and mixing the new KK's Priest album, mixing and engineering British Lion's The Burning, and producing the new Voodoo Six album, Simulation Game. Additionally Tony mixed the new Iron Maiden live album recorded in Mexico City in 2019.
LESLIE TILLIS: Executive Assistant & Senior Special Projects Manager
Leslie is a seasoned executive assistant who has over 10 years of experience supporting senior executives, largely within the finance industry out of NYC. In 2017, Leslie relocated to Los Angeles where she supported the CEO of a health and wellness company before joining Explorer1 Music Group in March, 2020.
Although new to the music and entertainment industry, Leslie has always been passionate about music and is thrilled to be a part of the EX1 team, supporting Paul Woolnough, CEO and managing special projects for the company.
DAY RECKE: Promotions & Public Relations
Day Recke is an accomplished public relations professional with more than 8 years of experience in development, implementation and management of high-impact projects in the music industry. She ran successful campaigns with tight time constraints and specific chart targets for Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Lorde and Ellie Goulding to mention just a few.
Day has an extensive background working with music projects at Universal Music South America creating localized marketing plans for major artists including Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Madonna, U2 and Katy Perry etc. - Managing and coordinating press plans and artist promotions. - Working with strategy and tactics development. - Managing and overseeing project budgets and monitoring spending. - Monitoring costs, timelines and resources used to achieve targets. She was also the first project manager to break the band “5 Seconds of Summer” in Latin-American.