The Board of Trustees of the National Academy of Recording Arts& Sciences Inc. (the Recording Academy) has chosen Neil Portnow aspresident of the Recording Academy. Former president of the RecordingAcademy Michael Greene resigned from the post this past April. Visitthe Mix Daily News Archive for April 2002 for more on thatstory.
Portnow, whose specific start date will be announced shortly, hasserved the Academy as a volunteer leader in a variety of roles for 20years. He recently served as the treasurer and secretary of theAcademy’s National Board of Trustees during the past two years.
Portnow currently serves as senior VP of west coast operations forthe Zomba Group of Companies. Before that, he was VP of A&R at EMIAmerica Records, VP/general manager west coast Arista Records andpresident of Twentieth Century Fox Records.
“Neil comes to us with superb credentials and a unique skill setthat perfectly matches what we were looking for in a new president,”said Garth Fundis, chairman of the Board. “His background in music andentertainment and his extensive experience with our organization as avolunteer leader will play a key role in enhancing the Academy’sprofile as we continue to increase the scope of our programs andinitiatives nationally.”
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