Renovata & Company Fills Chief People and Culture Officer for Kobalt Music

January 26, 2024 – Global executive search and private equity advisory firm Renovata & Company has recruited Dylan Berthier as chief people and culture officer of Kobalt Music, a London-based provider of publishing administration and royalty-collection services to owners of music-publishing copyrights. “Dylan has more than 20 years of experience as an HR leader,” said Lucy Brealy, consultant at Renovata & Company. “He has led successful change, growth and transformation efforts across numerous industries, including banking, fintech, technology and entertainment.” Mr. Berthier joins Kobalt from Activision Blizzard, where he held a number of leadership roles most recently leading the change and employee experience workstream of Microsoft’s approximately $70 billion acquisition of the company.

Before that, he was an HR and change/culture leader at Travelex for five years. Previously, Mr. Berthier held various HR and communications roles at companies including GSK, British Council, Lloyds Banking Group, Symantec, and Barclays.

“I am thrilled to join Kobalt Music at an exciting juncture in the company’s history,” said Mr. Berthier. “Kobalt exists to empower creators, and through my passion for helping people and businesses unlock their potential, I look forward to working with every team member to ensure we continue to truly empower those we support across the industry.”

Majority-owned by Francisco Partners, Kobalt was founded in 2001. Today, Kobalt has more than 400 employees operating out of 12 offices globally. The company’s primary customer base is more than 30,000 songwriters. Kobalt also serves more than 700 publishers, as well as IP owners/funds that invest in music-publishing catalogs.

Private Equity Search & Advisory Firm

Renovata & Company partners with financial sponsors, their portfolio companies, and public corporations to deliver leaders and investment insights. The search firm’s executive recruiting activities are focused on search assignments covering board-level mandates, which include board directors, CEOs, CFOs, and other C-suite executives, as well as investment professionals and operating partners. The firm provides strategic counsel to clients across the technology, digital, business services, industrial, consumer, and retail sectors.

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Renovata & Company has relationships with over 50 of the top 100 private and growth equity firms globally. Its private equity advisory services include diligence support, backable executive introductions, and deal sourcing delivered by its affiliate, L Capital Advisors. The firm also makes equity co-investments alongside its private equity clients through its investment affiliate, L Capital. The search firm is privately held and operates from five offices across two continents: Boston, Hamburg, London, New York, and San Francisco.

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Ms. Brealy works with clients in venture, growth equity and private equity, building world-class management teams for digital and technology businesses as they scale. She works on a Pan-European basis across all functional domains, including sales and marketing, finance, operations, product, engineering and general management. Prior to joining Renovate & Company, Ms. Brealy previously worked in executive search at a private equity-focused boutique firm, specializing in CEO, chairman, NED and C-level roles across a range of industries, including consumer, industrial, retail, technology and tech-enabled services, business services, and financial services.

Fills Top Roles

Renovata & Company recently placed Sameer Katiyar as chief financial officer of Cleo, an ecosystem integration software company in Rockford, IL. Partner Jeff Yolen and consultant Judie Norkaitis led the assignment. Before joining Cleo, Mr. Katiyar was CFO at SAI360. Prior to that, he was CFO of Infogix Inc. At both companies, he drove successful growth initiatives leading to exits.

Mr. Katiyar will oversee the company’s global finance, accounting, legal, and corporate IT functions. “Sameer brings more than 20 years of experience in the software and technology sectors to his new role,” says Mr. Yolen. “He has held CFO and other leadership positions overseeing financial planning and analysis, treasury, corporate development, operations, and business transformation in public company and private-equity environments.”

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Executive Editor; Lily Fauver, Senior Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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