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Co-op man joins Kobalt to head up AWAL

By | Published on Wednesday 11 September 2013

Vincent Clery-Melin

Kobalt Label Services has announced the appointment of Vincent Clery-Melin as MD of AWAL, the distribution and marketing services firm Kobalt acquired in 2011. Clery-Melin previously founded and ran independent label services business Co-op, initially for V2 and later under the Universal Music banner, before it sold the firm to [PIAS] earlier this year.

In his new role he will report to Kobalt Label Services MD Paul Hitchman, who told CMU: “I am thrilled to be able to welcome Vincent to Kobalt Label Services. AWAL represents a massive global opportunity and Vincent’s appointment shows the scale of our ambition for developing and growing the AWAL business. His experience, all round music knowledge and entrepreneurial flair will be a huge asset both to AWAL’s clients and to the Kobalt Label Services team as a whole”.

Clery-Melin himself added: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining Kobalt and AWAL. For the last eight years I have been working with indie labels and independent-minded artists, and I believe Kobalt has the vision, the ambition, and the means to become THE true 21st century music services company. I’m looking forward to working with the teams at AWAL, and also at Kobalt Label Services, and to being a part of helping AWAL become the services company of the future for independent labels and artists”.