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George Howard

Accomplished senior level operations, marketing, strategy, and legal executive; consultant; educator; author; and expert witness with extensive experience with both large and emerging companies, and a proven track record of successful corporate and startup leadership.

•COO of Norton (Parent company of Wolfgang’s Vault, Concert Vault, Daytrotter, and Paste), oversaw a staff of over 50 employees; turned-around to profitability Daytrotter and Concert Vault, and acquired and made profitable Paste Magazine.
•President of Rykodisc, oversaw the growth of one of the world’s largest independent record labels, which was sold to Warner Music Group for $67 million.
•Original founder of TuneCore, which grew from a team of four people to now be one of the world’s largest distributors of music.
•Advise companies from the Fortune 500 (CVS/pharmacy), to the Ivy League (Brown University), as well as non-profits (Easter Seals), and startups (Troy & Sons Moonshine) on an array of business strategy and legal issues.
•In a management/advisor capacity: guided the careers of Grammy, Emmy, and Oscar-award winning artists such as Carly Simon and Mark Isham.
•As an Expert Witness: create detailed reports and provide expert commentary on a range of complex entertainment-related issues for large private companies, individuals, and estates.
•As an educator: teach classes in Copyright Law, Emerging Business Models, Ethics, Leadership, Creative Promotion in New Media, Record Industry Operations, authored numerous scholarly articles, and was the 2014 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching from Berklee College of Music.
• As an author: published two books on the music industry (Berklee Press), regularly contribute to Forbes, the NYT, and have authored hundreds of widely-read articles on marketing and strategy that have appeared in publications such as The Huffington Post, Time, The Music Business Journal, and others.
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