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Highly-Respected Veteran Chief Operating Officer Joins ole(January 08, 2013)
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/08/13 --
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Former Canadian Olympic Committee & 100th Grey Cup Chief Operating Officer Lou Ragagnin brings his wealth of experience to ole. An experienced senior executive with a track record of delivering outstanding results in diverse situations and industries, Lou Ragagnin has proven himself to be equally adept at developing corporate strategy and ensuring that action-oriented and detailed business plans align to deliver desired results.
Ragagnin's superb leadership ability has most recently been demonstrated in his role as President and Chief Operating Officer for the 100th Grey Cup Festival this year in Toronto where he was responsible for the development and implementation of the strategic and operational plans for this very successful and exciting Grey Cup Game and corresponding Grey Cup Festival.
"ole is pleased to welcome such an accomplished executive to our operation, and we look forward to Lou's leadership in the realization of the company's goals," remarks ole Chairman and CEO, Robert Ott.
Prior to his Grey Cup role, he was Chief Operating Officer for the Canadian Olympic Committee (C.O.C.), where he was responsible for overall operations of the organization, including strategic/business/operational planning, Olympic preparation & games, marketing/revenue generation, communications, community relations, government relations, advocacy, international relations, and Olympic and Pan Am Bid relations & operations.
With an emphasis on developing a values-based corporate culture, and coaching executive teams driven to succeed, Lou is well-known for his integrity, leadership, judgment, and his ability to consistently deliver great results.
Lou is a Chartered Accountant, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (honours) from the Schulich School of Business, York University.
Lou will be located in Toronto, and will report to C.E.O. Robert Ott.
In his new role as the Chief Operating Officer (C.O.O.), Lou will be responsible for the tactical execution of the annual and long term company business plans and the day to day managing, executing and enhancing of all internal operational processes and infrastructure.
"I am thrilled to be joining the ole team," says Ragagnin. "I am looking forward to contributing to the future success of ole as it continues to strive to be the best and most innovative global destination for world class songwriters, composers, IP investors and management talent, and the first choice music source for creators in all media."
Lou will be joining the ole team in late January 2013.
Other recent ole leadership appointments have included the appointment of Denis Dinsmore to the position of Vice President, Finance & Administration, and Ed Killin to the position of Executive Vice President, Acquisitions.
ole is one of the world's largest independent music publishers. Founded in 2004, and with offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles, ole boasts a team of 45 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide copyright administration. ole has recently entered the Production Music space with the acquisition of MusicBox and Auracle which have operations in NY, Toronto and LA.
ole has been named Canadian Country Music Association's Music Publishing Company of the Year for the past six years and earned its first Grammy Award in 2009 for Best Country Song, "White Horse". Other recent notable ole awards include: Academy of Country Music (ACM) 2012 Song of the Year Award for "Crazy Girl" (Liz Rose/Lee Brice); SESAC 2011 Country Performance Activity Award for "Til Summer Comes Around" (Monty Powell/Keith Urban); three BMI 2011 Most Performed Songs Awards for "Fearless" (Liz Rose, Taylor Swift); "Why Wait" (Jimmy Yeary, Tom Shapiro) and "Let Me Down Easy" (Marty Dodson, Jennifer Hanson, Mark Nesler); 2011 SOCAN Country Music Award for "Make Hay While The Sun Shines" (Steven Lee Olsen, Bruce Wallace); 2011 SOCAN Domestic Television Series Music Award Busytown Mysteries (Peter Coulman, Carl Lenox, David Tedesco); and 2011 SOCAN Award for 100,000 Radio Performances of Lighthouse's "Sunny Days" and "Pretty Lady" (Skip Prokop).
The ole catalog includes over 45,000 songs and 40,000 hours of TV music across all genres. ole has completed over $145MM USD in acquisitions, including purchases of music catalogs such as: Timbaland, Blacktop, Jody Williams Music, Rami Yacoub, Chris Wallin, Richie MacDonald, Balmur, Keith Follese, Brett Jones, Lighthouse, Frank Myers, Dream Warriors, Encore, David Tyson, and Marsfilm Music. ole has also purchased the worldwide music rights for TV catalogs such as WGBH, Cookie Jar, Cineflix, CCI and recently, The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That.
ole is committed to the creative development of its 60+ staff songwriters, legacy writers and composers and the cultivation of our catalogs and client catalogs. ole has ongoing co-ventures with Last Gang Publishing (Alt Rock), Roots Three Music (Country) and tanjola (Pop/Rock/Urban).
ole is an expert in administrating and sub-publishing music copyrights and has concluded worldwide publishing administration agreements with some of the world's leading songwriters, publishers and film and television producers. adminow, ole's online client account transparency portal, was launched recently and demonstrates ole's commitment to modernizing its client services and to leading-edge IT.
Notable copyrights for ole include: Taylor Swift singles "Fearless," "White Horse," "Tim McGraw," "Picture To Burn," "Teardrops On My Guitar"; Rascal Flatts' "Why Wait"; Kelly Clarkson's "Miss Independent"; and "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" by Britney Spears; Pink's "U + Ur Hand"; "Sexyback," "My Love," and "What Goes Around" by Justin Timberlake; "Say it Right" and "Promiscuous" by Nelly Furtado; "Start a Band" by Brad Paisley with Keith Urban; "That's How Country Boys Roll" by Billy Currington; "If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away" by Justin Moore; "It's Gonna Be Me" from N Sync; "Shape of My Heart" by Backstreet Boys; iconic Canadian Olympic theme "I Believe"; "Legendary Child" by Aerosmith; "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles; Tim McGraw's "Something Like That".
ole owns or represents up to 150,000 production music tracks within its MusicBox libraries. With 10 staff in North America, ole's Production Music division delivers excellent customer service and quality Creative on a leading edge IT platform. Our production music division leverages ole's established Administration, Finance and IT services.
ole is committed to being the best and most innovative global destination for world-class songwriters, composers, and management talent, and the first choice music source for creators in all media.
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