WMG/Asia Pacific Pres. Lachie Rutherford To Retire
October 24, 2014 at 3:32 AM (PT)
WARNER MUSIC ASIA PACIFIC Pres. LACHIE RUTHERFORD has decided to retire and will step down in DECEMBER 2014. WARNER MUSIC UK COO/CFO SIMON ROBSON will assume leadership of WARNER MUSIC ASIA PACIFIC on JANUARY 1st.
"ASIA PACIFIC is a diverse and dynamic region where artistry and innovation thrive in equal measure," WARNER RECORDED MUSIC Pres./International STU BERGEN said. "We are fortunate to have had an executive of LACHIE's caliber lead our efforts there in recent years. From developing multi-platinum artists to forging a path through the developing digital landscape, he has helped to foster growth for both our company and the wider music business and I would like to thank him for his immense contribution.
“SIMON is one of our organization’s most impressive executives whose strategic and operational expertise, as well as his keen commercial instincts and his deep knowledge of the region, mean he is ideally placed to lead WARNER MUSIC ASIA PACIFIC into the next phase of its evolution," he continued. "I am confident that SIMON will help us seize the many new opportunities emerging for our artists and our business there and I look forward to all he will accomplish in his new role.”
“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to steer the company during such a transformational time in this region as well as the industry more generally," LACHIE RUTHERFORD said. "I would like to pay tribute to all those who traveled that road with me. From the exceptional Asia Pacific leadership team to the many incredible artists I’ve been involved with over the years, their constant and unyielding pursuit of creative and commercial excellence has powered our collective success and I will always remain grateful for the opportunity to work with so many great people.”
“I’m delighted to return to the ASIA PACIFIC operation at such an exciting time and honored to lead our operations there," SIMON ROBSON said. "LACHIE and the ASIA PACIFIC team -- many of whom I’ve been fortunate to work with for years -- have established an impressive organization primed to embrace the growth potential the region has to offer while ensuring artist development is the key focus. I’m looking forward to us building on those achievements and mapping out an ambitious future for our business.”