ASCAP has appointed its first new head of licensing in over 20 years. The performing rights organization announced on Tuesday that Stephanie Ruyle will replace retiring Vincent Candilora as executive vice president and head of licensing, reporting directly to CEO Elizabeth Matthews.
Candilora has led ASCAP’s licensing office since 1995 and last year announced he would step down at the end of 2017. His successor, Ruyle, will be in charge of ASCAP’s licensing revenues across all platforms, including digital services, television, radio, concerts, retail and restaurants, among others.
Prior to joining ASCAP, Ruyle was evp of distribution and affiliate relations at Pivot, Participant Media’s millennial-targeted TV venture. She began her career in entertainment media with Viacom, where she spent 17 years in various leadership position in sales and marketing, plus led the distribution efforts for Viacom’s international content in the U.S.
“Stephanie brings a wealth of experience driving revenue growth and negotiating multifaceted licensing agreements, which is vitally important to the execution of our strategic plan of transformation and modernization in an increasingly complex and evolving media environment,” commented Matthews. “Her deep understanding of content strategy, distribution, sales and affiliate marketing across media platforms will prove incredibly valuable to ASCAP as we innovate to provide our members and our licensing partners with new opportunities for success through music.”
Commenting on her new post, Ruyle said: “I have seen first hand how important music is to the success of any media venture. ASCAP has the strongest repertory of music in the world and that is why I am so excited to be part of ASCAP’s mission to ensure that the music of its members is recognized in the marketplace for the enormous value it brings to our licensing partners.”