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Sony Makes Two Podcast Hires

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Sony Music Entertainment’s Global Podcast Division has announced two new executive hires. Nick Southwell-Keely joins as VP of Podcast Advertising Sales. Steph Beran-Sanderson is hired as Head of Branded Podcasts in the US.

Southwell-Keely will be based in New York and report to Emily Rasekh, Senior Vice President, Podcast Business Operations and Development. Southwell-Keely joins SME after serving as head of US Sales and Brand Partnerships at Acast.

“As we continue to expand our podcast division, we are excited to welcome a new team of experienced executives to grow our advertising business and bring in new revenue streams,” said Rasekh. “Nick has a vast understanding for the podcast ad sales space and we are confident in his vision for building and executing our strategy globally alongside a great team.”

Southwell-Keely added: “I am thrilled to take the next step in my career by joining a company that has been a leader in audio entertainment for decades and I greatly look forward to developing new ways to highlight why our roster of premium shows is the number one destination for advertisers.”

Steph Beran-Sanderson will join the Company as the new Head of Branded Podcasts in the US, where she will prospect, develop and manage branded podcasts for existing and new clients. With over a decade of digital media experience, Beran-Sanderson was most recently the Head of Marketing for Meet Cute, where she led brand and growth strategies. The team based in New York will also include Brett Schreiber, who recently joined SME as Account Executive, Podcast Ad Sales.

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