Global Rock Summit speakers

Allison Hagendorf

(Former Head of Rock, Spotify & Host/Executive Producer, Spotify Original Series)

Bex Majors

Booking Agent, Sound Talent Group

Charley Londoño

Counsel Plus, Co.

Chris Foitle

Head of A&R, Epitaph Records

David "Beno" Benveniste

Founder & CEO, Velvet Hammer Music & Management Group (Alice In Chains, Deftones, Korn, System Of A Down & More)

Frank Helmink

Director, Buma ROCKS! (The Netherlands)

Garrett Capone

VP of Promotion & GM Rock Music, Crush Music

Gary Spivack

Executive Sr. VP / Talent & Curation, Danny Wimmer Presents

Georgette Bivins

Sr. Business Affairs Manager, FCB NY

Greg Sowders

Sr. Vice President A&R, Warner Chappell Music

Jan Šorm

Chairman of APRKA (Czech Republic)

Jason Miller

CEO, Eventim Live Asia

Jens Lundberg

Founder, Blue Lemon Management (Sweden)

Jobst Neerman

Managing Director, RBK Fusion (Germany)

Joel Mark

Executive Manager, YMU

Keith Cunningham

Program Director, 95/5 KLOS Meruelo Media, Los Angeles

Ken Anthony

Rock Editor,

Kenny "Tick" Salcido

Sr. VP/Head of A&R, Red Bull Records

Laura Catana

Head of Artist Relations, IndieFlow

Lisa Worden

Vice President Rock & Alternative, Program Director ALT 98.7 - LA's New Alternative, iHeartMedia National Programming Group

Mark Sutherland

Music & Media Journalist (U.K.)

Martijn Swier

Founder, Endless Music (The Netherlands)

Matt Pinfield

Host "New & Approved" KLOS, Los Angeles / Westwood One & Benztown Radio Networks Syndicated Host

Matthew Reich

Co-Founder, Artist For Artist

Michael Faley

President, Metal Blade Records

Riku Pääkkönen

Owner & Founder, Ranka Kustannus

Ritch Esra

Publisher, The Music Registry

Rob McDermott

President & Founder, Mad Mac Entertainment

Salman U. Syed

Founder, Infinite Dreams / Bangalore Open Air Festival (India)

Sat Bisla

President & Founder, A&R Worldwide / Global Rock Summit

Sean Heydorn

Vice President, Rise Records

Shannon O'Shea

Artist & Producer Manager, Creative Consultant, SOS Management

Tej Brar

Founder & Managing Director of Third Culture Ent't (India)

Thomas Scherer

President, Repertoire & Marketing, Los Angeles & New York, BMG

Toby Wright

Award Winning Producer (Alice In Chains, KISS, Korn, Ozzy Osbourne, Primus & More)

Tommy Nast

Sr. Programming Director/Music Strategies, Trafalgar Releasing

Allison Hagendorf

Allison Hagendorf

With a career spanning more than 20 years, Allison Hagendorf is an accomplished music journalist and highly sought-after industry veteran and thought leader. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Variety, Fast Company, Rolling Stone, and Marie Claire. Most recently, Allison served as the Head of Rock at Spotify, as well as the Host and Executive Producer of the Spotify Original Series, "Rock This with Allison Hagendorf," which celebrates all things rock & alternative — present, past, and future. The weekly show, which has been recognized for its overnight popularity by Billboard, NME, SPIN, The Fader, and Kerrang, features exclusive interviews with both legendary and emerging artists, including Queen, Foo Fighters, Joan Jett, Machine Gun Kelly, YUNGBLUD, Taylor Momsen, Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello, blink-182's Travis Barker, Trippie Redd, and Miley Cyrus. Allison started her career as an A&R executive at both Columbia and Epic Records, before transitioning to a TV Host and music journalist, interviewing artists and covering music news for Fuse Television Network. She has hosted The CW's music-competition show The Next, alongside celebrity judges Gloria Estefan, Joe Jonas, Nelly, and John Rich, as well as The X Games on ABC and ESPN, and recently hosted An Evening with Bon Jovi on AXS. She has also served as the live announcer for Global Citizen's VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World, and both the MTV Video Music Awards and the MTV Movie Awards. Additionally, Allison served as the Official Host of Times Square New Year's Eve for the past seven years. Follow Allison on @allihagendorf on Instagram and TikTok.