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Career Announcements (more headlines) 01-18-2014

AFM Appoints New Director Of Electronic Media Services

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American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) International President Ray Hair is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Thomas to the position of Assistant to the President and Electronic Media Services Division (EMSD) Director, joining the AFM's West Coast Office as a senior staffer.

"Bill Thomas brings years of accomplished, result-oriented media relations experience to the table and I bid him a hearty welcome to our team," said Hair. "As we transition toward a more open, action-oriented organizing approach to the problems faced by professional musicians in the world of global media, I believe Thomas is the right person, at the right time, to direct the Electronic Media Services Division of American Federation of Musicians."

Thomas brings more than two decades of senior level media industry executive experience to the Federation, most recently as Executive Director of the Los Angeles chapter of AFTRA, now SAG-AFTRA, a post he held from 2006 until 2012. Prior to his service with SAG-AFTRA, Thomas was Assistant to the Vice President and Chief of Staff of ASCAP's New York office for 14 years.

Former Assistant to the President and EMSD Director Dick Gabriel retired January 16, after more than 35 years of distinguished and dedicated service to Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA), the AFM, and AFM members throughout the US and Canada. Gabriel has had a wonderful, storied career serving the interests of recording musicians, first as a recording representative with Local 47 during the mid-1970s, then as head of the AFM West Coast Office, and later as EMSD director, assisting every AFM president from Victor Fuentealba onward. Gabriel will continue to serve as a consultant to the AFM.

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