Brandy Contreras has been promoted to the newly created position of SVP of Strategic Operations for Caroline – the Independent Distribution & Label Services arm of Capitol Music Group (CMG). The promotion was announced by Caroline President Jacqueline Saturn, to whom Contreras reports. In her elevated position, Contreras is charged with strengthening and bringing enhancements to Caroline’s infrastructure, streamlining administrative and communication processes with its personnel, artist and label partners and CMG management. She will work toward increasing efficiencies among its 50-person U.S. staff, and will work closely with Saturn and EVP Matt Sawin on strategic planning and alliances with Caroline International’s 11 global offices. Contreras is based in Hollywood in the iconic Capitol Tower.
Saturn says, “There are no words to express my excitement about welcoming Brandy into the Caroline family. I have never seen an employee so respected, valued and loved immediately by all of CMG. Her wealth of knowledge and great demeanor will be of incredible value to the entire Caroline team.”
CMG Chief Operating Office Michelle Jubelirer said, “Brandy has made such a positive difference during her time at CMG, and we have benefited greatly from the depth and breadth of her experience in constantly evolving industries. She will be a tremendous asset to Caroline and help manage this important arm of our company as it continues its great growth and success.”
Contreras said, “I’m thrilled and honored to be to be joining the Caroline team as we build on its growing success and stellar reputation for super-serving its independent artist and label partners. I want to continue building the strongest, most efficient organization possible and I’m excited to be bringing my expertise in media, tech and music to my new role. I want to thank Jacqueline Saturn for providing me with this amazing opportunity and entrusting me with such an important role, Michelle Jubelirer for her invaluable mentorship and Steve Barnett for being such a visionary and offering me such unwavering support.”
Prior to receiving her promotion, Contreras was most recently Vice President of Human Resources (HR) for both CMG and Universal Music Group (UMG), having held that position since February 2017. In that role, she redesigned CMG’s HR team to support the forward progress of the company’s labels, and was instrumental in rebranding HR’s strategic support and partnerships with CMG’s many departments.
She was previously Head of International HR for Twitter and began her career at Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1997, rising from an entry level position to become Attorney/Director of Contracts after attaining a JD from Loyola Law School in 2003. After a stint as HR Director at Sony Pictures Television, she returned to Disney Animation in 2007 as Head of Talent. She remained in that position until joining Twitter in 2011.