John Fleckenstein and Joe Riccitelli have been named Co-Presidents, RCA Records it was announced today. In this role, the two will oversee the day-to-day operations of the label excluding A&R. Fleckenstein previously held the role of EVP, RCA Records while Riccitelli held the role of GM/EVP Promotion, RCA Records. Both will remain in the company’s New York headquarters and report to Chairman and CEO Peter Edge.
Over the past three years since Fleckenstein joined RCA Records as EVP, he has driven break-through marketing campaigns with new signings such as Khalid, SZA, Bryson Tiller, and more as well as more established artists including Foo Fighters, P!NK, Pentatonix, Justin Timberlake, Walk The Moon, among others. Prior to that, Fleckenstein was the EVP of International for Sony Music where he orchestrated successful global campaigns by some of the world’s biggest superstars such as Daft Punk, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, and many others. Fleckenstein has held various roles at Arista Records, Jive Records and abroad, as well as relocated to Sydney, Australia for several years to lead marketing and promotion for the Asian-Pacific Region. He began his career as an intern at Columbia Records.
Since being promoted to GM/EVP Promotion, RCA Records in 2013, Riccitelli has led his team to securing hit records for the label’s superstar acts including Justin Timberlake, P!NK, ZAYN, Kesha, among others, as well as emerging talent including Khalid, G-Eazy, Cage The Elephant, Bleachers and more. Prior to RCA Records, Riccitelli was EVP Promotion, Jive Records since 1999 where he was instrumental in the promotion plans and launch of Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, *NSYNC, Chris Brown and many more. He has also held positions at Island Records and PolyGram Records where he began his career in 1985 as an advertising clerk.
“I am excited for this next chapter in RCA’s history and I couldn’t be more thrilled to elevate John and Joe into these enhanced roles.” commented Peter Edge. “Their knowledge in their respective areas and relationships with the artists themselves have helped turn RCA into the thriving community it has become over the last couple of years. We’re so fortunate to have an incredibly experienced, strong senior management team driving the company toward further success.”
Fleckenstein commented, “I am endlessly impressed by the talent of our RCA team and come to work each day energized by the creative collective being built around our unique and visionary artists. I am very grateful to Peter and Rob Stringer for their belief and humbled by the opportunity to help lead RCA’s next chapter together with Joe.”
Riccitelli added, “Thanks to both Peter and Rob for the opportunity to be a leader of the most legendary and prestigious record company in the business. Our roster speaks for itself and our ability to break new artists is unmatched. I am really looking forward to working even closer with John and the rest of the leadership team. They are incredibly talented and passionate in their fields of expertise.”