Mike Smith Named Managing Director, Warner/Chappell UK
May 5, 2016 at 8:56 AM (PT)
WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC has tapped MIKE SMITH as Managing Director of WARNER/CHAPPELL UK. SMITH will join from VIRGIN EMI, where he was appointed President of Music in 2013. SMITH will report to Chairman/CEO JON PLATT, who – on an interim basis – is overseeing U.K. operations until SMITH’s arrival.
PLATT said, “Throughout his brilliant career, across both music publishing and recorded music, MIKE has demonstrated his commitment to the art of songwriting, putting great songs at the heart of everything he does. His inspiring leadership style, thoughtful approach to building creative careers, and unquenchable thirst for new music all make him ideally suited for WARNER/CHAPPELL. Now more than ever, the British music scene is producing a thrilling depth and diversity of world-class talent. With MIKE overseeing our U.K. operations, we will be even more powerful as a global destination for the most distinctive, popular, and culturally significant songwriters in the world.”
SMITH said, "Having started my career in music publishing, it is exciting to be returning to a sector of the industry where I enjoyed so many great times. WARNER/CHAPPELL is one of the real icons of music publishing, and it is an honour and a privilege to have been asked to help guide this great company and the amazing songwriters and catalogues it represents. I'm really looking forward to working with JON and the rest of the global team.”