ole appoints Connie McNaughton Senior Director, Brand Management
ole, one of the world's fastest growing independent music publishers, is pleased to announce the appointment of Connie McNaughton to the newly created position of Senior Director, Brand Management.
"Connie will be responsible for the care and stewardship of the ole brand through a wide variety of programs that cultivate, grow and leverage the brand," says ole President Michael McCarty, to whom McNaughton will report in Toronto. "This includes securing sponsorship for, and overseeing, ole's event-based marketing initiatives; finding placement opportunities for ole's catalog and songwriters via branding association; securing grants; creating PR opportunities; fostering a culture of sales excellence; and coordinating ole's web presence and branding in all media for both the company and individual writers."
McNaughton has distinguished herself in the fields of brand management, e-commerce promotion and media sales. A proven "closer," she has worked closely in the past with such major corporations as Coca-Cola, McDonalds, General Mills, Hewlett-Packard, P&G, CIBC and Ford. Prior to arriving at ole, McNaughton worked as Account Manager at Marketwire, a full-service newswire service. She maintained progressively senior roles afterwards with Yahoo! and Tribute Entertainment Media Group as well as The Outdoor Broadcast Network (OBN), a Toronto-based media company for which she helped establish a national network.
In 1984, under her maiden name of Connie Fitzpatrick, she was crowned Miss World Canada and subsequently was voted the first runner-up for the Miss World title, the highest finish ever by a Canadian. She later took on the duties of President/CEO of Miss World Canada, a position she held for eight years.
In her position at Yahoo! Canada in the late '90s, McNaughton teamed up with ole CEO Robert Ott, then head of BMG Music Publishing Canada, to create a very successful Yahoo!/BMG branding initiative in the form of an online song writing contest sponsored by Ford.
"At the end of a couple of years, I'm hoping that I will have achieved a number of fiscal targets and contributed to the bottom line by really helping to make the ole name more well known in Canada and around the world," says McNaughton. "It's a Canadian-founded company with some awesome talent and I just think it's a fantastic opportunity."
ole is one of the world's largest independent, full-service music publishers, with offices in Toronto, Nashville and Los Angeles. ole's team of 32 experienced industry professionals are focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide administration.
The ole catalog includes over forty thousand songs and thirty-five thousand hours of TV music across all genres.
Notable ole awards include: 2009 Grammy for Best Country Song, "White Horse", from the Grammy Award-winning album, "Fearless"; Canadian Country Music Association Publisher of the Year honors for 2007, 2008 and 2009; 2009 SESAC #1 Most Performed Song: "White Horse" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); 2009 BMI Award Most Performed Song: "Trying To Stop Your Leaving" (Brett Beavers/James Beavers); 2009 SOCAN Country Music Award for "Beautiful Life" by Doc Walker; 2009 SOCAN News & Sports Television Programming Music Award for CBC News: Today by composer Jack Lenz; 2008 BMI Award Most Performed Song: "Picture To Burn" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); 2008 ASCAP Most Performed Song: "Me and God" (Josh Turner); 2008 SOCAN International Television Series Music Award for Franklin; 2008 SOCAN Domestic Animated Television Series Music Award for 6Teen; 2008 SESAC Recurrent Country Performance Activity: "Teardrops on My Guitar" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift); and 2008 SESAC Country Performance Activity: "Picture to Burn" (Liz Rose/Taylor Swift).
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 publishers, songwriters and film & television producers. ole's owned and controlled catalogue in children's television is one of the world's largest.
Staff songwriters and composers include: Jack Lenz, Chris Wallin, Rick Giles, JC Smith, Rupert Gayle, Bruce Wallace, Tebey, Gilles Godard, Rebecca Everett, Mladen, Kelly Archer, and Roger Springer. ole also administers for songwriter David Kopatz.
ole co-ventures include Last Gang Publishing, representing artists: Mother Mother, O'Luge, Rides Again, Let's Go To War, Panurge, Murray Yates (Forty Foot Echo), and Steven Dall. Nashville-based co-venture Roots Three Music includes songwriters: Chris Thorsteinson, Murray Pulver and Dave Wasyliw of Doc Walker, Steven Lee Olsen and Denny Carr. ole's urban co-venture with tanjola (formerly ib Entertainment) has brought songwriters: Dru, Alonzo, Haydain Neale, Alex Greggs, Justin Forsley and Shiloh to the roster.
Notable copyrights for ole include the Grammy nominated Taylor Swift single "White Horse", as well as, "Tim McGraw," "Picture To Burn and the iTunes No. 1 Selling Country Song of 2007 "Teardrops On My Guitar"; Kelly Clarkson's Billboard #1 single, "Miss Independent"; "Can't Hold Us Down" by Christina Aguilera featuring Lil' Kim; "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles; Craig Morgan's "That's What I Love About Sunday" (2005 Billboard Country Song of the Year); "Shoes" by Shania Twain (from the album Music Inspired by Desperate Housewives); Sean Paul's "Change the Game"; Trace Adkins' "High"; "Long Black Train" by Josh Turner and "It Was Me" by George Strait. Recent ole cuts include "I'm Already There" and "Leaving" by Westlife; "Once In A While" by Akon; "Runnin'" performed by Doman + Gooding and written by Dru and Rupert Gayle; "Streetlights" performed by Kevin Borg and written by Steven Lee Olsen; "S.O.S (Let the Music Play)" performed by Jordin Sparks and co-written by David Kopatz; "Dancing in Circles" performed by Love and Theft and co-written by Roger Springer; "Goodbye You Suck" and "I Remember" by Shiloh, as well as five songs on the latest Road Hammers album.