A veteran promotion and marketing executive, he joined the label in 2012 and most recently served as executive VP and GM. Among his responsibilities, Klaiman oversaw the label’s marketing, digital marketing, promotion, publicity, branding, sync licensing, video production and content development departments.
Klaiman’s exit comes seven months after Ron Perry took the top job at the Sony Music label and in the wake of recent departures by senior VP of pop promotion Jon Borris, A&R executive Mark Williams and EVP of Marketing Doneen Lombardi. According to sources, Perry continues to restructure staff as he settles into his chairmanship, though Klaiman’s exit is said to be a “mutual parting.”
“Joel has been an integral and key part of the success of Columbia over the past 6 years,” said Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer. “He is a great executive and I know he will succeed in his next endeavor!”