Change is an integral part of every organization’s growth. Especially if you’re running the Beyoncé empire.
According to Page Six, Queen Bey made huge personnel changes at Parkwood Entertainment—her managerial and production hub that oversees all of her projects, tours, albums, artist management, endorsements and film endeavors. She hired a corporate bigwig, Steve Pamon, who used to be the head of sports and entertainment marketing at JPMorgan Chase. Pamon helped put together the sponsorship deal between the bank and Bey and Jay Z’s On the Run Tour.
Lee Anne Callahan-Longo, who was Parkwood’s general manager, is no longer with the company.
“Beyoncé basically cleaned house; got rid of her whole team, which included her cousin; and hired a new team,” a source told Page Six. “She wants to surround herself with businesspeople who could take her career to an even higher level.
“She has one album left to deliver before her deal is up with Columbia; plus, she wants to make smarter decisions where it comes to touring, sponsorships and acting roles,” the source continued.
Two more additions to the Beyoncé team: former Universal Republic and Island Def Jam exec Peter Thea and Dan Ghosh-Roy, who will spearhead her digital operation.
Beyoncé put out a statement through her publicist about the changes: “Last year, Parkwood Entertainment created new departments and recruited new executives from the tech, business and entertainment sectors who joined the team to help grow Parkwood and its interests. … Some senior staffers were given the opportunity to reposition and stay on. Some members. … awakened [to] new interests and decided to follow personal routes."
Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.