Mr. Phillips is our Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Phillips was the co-founder and interim Chief Executive Officer of, and subsequent advisor to, Global Entertainment, a “360” model entertainment company providing touring, label, publishing, artist management, branding/sponsorship, and marketing services to artists. Prior to joining Global Entertainment, Mr. Phillips served for thirteen (13) years as the President & Chief Executive Officer of the live entertainment industry leader, AEG Live, and Executive Vice President of parent AEG where he (i) acquired and/or created successful festivals including Coachella, Stagecoach, New Orleans Jazzfest and Rock-On-The-Range, amongst others; (ii) promoted world tours for artists such as Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry, among other superstars; (iii) oversaw the Las Vegas residency concept for shows by Celine Dion, Bette Midler, Cher, Shania Twain and Rod Stewart; (iv) expanded and managed AEG Live’s real estate portfolio, which grew to eighty-six (86) mid-size and small (capacity of six thousand or less) venues and clubs around the world; and (v) produced the films Michael Jackson’s “This Is It”, Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never” and Katy Perry’s “Part Of Me”. Additionally, Mr. Phillips produced the CBS primetime special “Genius: An Evening For Ray Charles”, for which he was awarded the coveted NAACP Image Award. Mr. Phillips has served as personal manager for various artists, including Rod Stewart, Lionel Richie, Usher, Guns & Roses, Prince and Toni Braxton. Mr. Phillips serves as a director on the advisory board of Oak View, an arena management company owned by James Dolan, Irving Azoff and Tim Leiweke.
Mr. Ciongoli is our Chief Financial Officer. Previously, Mr. Ciongoli was co-founder, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Global Entertainment. Mr. Ciongoli’s prior media-industry work includes (i) serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Universal Music Group NA and serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of WW Publishing, where he was employed for twenty-two (22) years, and (ii) investing in and advising various media start-ups. Mr. Ciongoli is a senior executive with both management and board representation experience who has a proven track record of facilitating change and delivering results in dynamic and turbulent environments. Through his leadership and management of music entertainment businesses, Mr. Ciongoli has developed strategies related to monetization, information technology, distribution and funding. Mr. Ciongoli has also led large-scale merger transactions and post-merger integrations, including the $10 billion merger of Universal Music Group with PolyGram, which created the world’s largest music company, and the €1.6 billion acquisition and integration of BMG Music Publishing, which established the world’s largest publishing company. During his time at Universal Music Group NA, Mr. Ciongoli drove nearly 50% (€66 million) of a €140 million global overhead cost savings target initiative, successfully integrated and managed the $140 million Univision Latin label acquisition, and successfully divested certain non-core assets to comply with a €500 million divestiture/financing requirement in connection with Universal Music Group NA’s acquisition of EMI.
Mr. Barr is our Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary. He joined us in August 2013 as our Senior Deputy General Counsel. Prior to his role at our company, Mr. Barr was a corporate and securities attorney at Reed Smith LLP in New York City from 2007 to 2013. Mr. Barr has been a director of ProPhase Labs, Inc. (Nasdaq-PRHP) since June 2015 and currently serves as a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee and as the chairman of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Barr graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 2007 and received his bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College in 2002.
Alan Walter has been in the music industry for over 25 years, with an experienced background in finance, accounting, music administration and operations. He began his music career with MCA Records as Manager of Joint Venture accounting, and was immediately promoted to Assistant Controller for the Record Company. Soon thereafter, he was promoted to Controller of MCA Music Publishing and served in that capacity for 6 years. He was recruited by Famous Music in 1997 as VP Controller, and eventually promoted to CFO. Alan participated as a key executive in the sale of Famous Music to Sony/ATV Music Publishing in July, 2007. In January, 2008, Alan joined Bug Music as the CFO. In September 2011, he played a significant and key executive roll with the sale of Bug Music to BMG Rights Management. Alan has spent the last few years consulting for various smaller independent music companies, music production libraries, a film production companies, and a digital design based production studio. He has been providing financial, accounting and professional services to start-ups, and various other companies in need of his knowledge and experience. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, with a BS degree in Business Management, emphasis in accounting and finance. Prior to music, he worked in various other industries, including audit and business management services for Deloitte.