BMI President & CEO Frances W. Preston announced that Del Bryant has been named Executive Vice President and John Cody has been named Chief Operating Officer at the performing rights organization. Both are newly created positions. Bryant and Cody were Senior Vice President Writer/Publisher Relations & Performing Rights and Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, respectively.
In making the announcement, Preston said: “Del and John bring rich and different talents to their positions. Del has been a powerful force in the acquisition and development of our writer/publisher catalog and in overseeing our royalty distribution and payment schedule. John’s leadership in the financial arena has helped BMI become the most cost efficient PRO in the industry. They are both seasoned executives with a clear vision of the future of the company.”
Bryant has managed the BMI Writer/Publisher Relations and Performing Rights Departments, as well as the company’s domestic distribution system and payment schedule, since he was named Senior Vice President in 1991. He now adds BMI’s Media Licensing and General Licensing Departments to his responsibilities. He joined BMI’s Nashville staff in 1972 and relocated to New York when he was named Vice President, Performing Rights in 1988. He attended the University of Miami as a history major and later served as co-director of House of Bryant Publications, the music publishing company founded by his parents, legendary songwriters and Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.
Cody, who retains his title of Chief Financial Officer, joined BMI in 1999 from his position as Vice President/Controller at the Hearst Book Publishing Group. He has been responsible for the overall management of accounting and financial control, including all treasury activities, external auditing operations, tax planning and the development of human resources programs and policies. In his new position he will manage the Finance, Operations & Information Technology, Human Resources & Training, and Facilities Management & Support Services. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Pace University and an MBA from Long Island University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.