Warner Music Group Names Cameron Strang CEO Of Warner/Chappell Music
David H. Johnson To Continue As Warner/Chappell's Chairman
January 4, 2011 at 5:45 AM (PT)
WARNER MUSIC GROUP has appointed CAMERON STRANG as CEO of WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC. The appointment was announced jointly by WMG Chairman/CEO EDGAR BRONFMAN, JR., and WARNER/CHAPPELL Chairman/CEO DAVID H. JOHNSON. STRANG, the founder of NEW WEST RECORDS and SOUTHSIDE INDEPENDENT MUSIC PUBLISHING, will serve as WARNER/CHAPPELL's CEO and will be based in LOS ANGELES.
WARNER/CHAPPELL has also acquired STRANG's SOUTHSIDE INDEPENDENT MUSIC PUBLISHING.
JOHNSON will continue as WARNER/CHAPPELL Chairman until JULY 1st, at which point STRANG will assume the additional role of WARNER/CHAPPELL's Chairman.
In making the announcement, BRONFMAN said, "CAMERON's impressive track record of identifying and signing some of the industry’s most successful emerging songwriters and catalogs, and his proven success as an entrepreneur make him the ideal executive to lead WARNER/CHAPPELL. He has that rare combination of business smarts, operational experience and creative instincts, and I’m confident he’ll be a great fit for the progressive and entrepreneurial culture that exists within WMG."
BRONFMAN added, "I want to offer DAVE my profound gratitude for his extraordinary stewardship of WARNER/CHAPPELL over the past few years. Originally I asked DAVE to serve as CEO on an interim basis while we conducted a search for a permanent leader. But it became quickly apparent that the leadership skills, judgment and ability to recruit top executive talent that led to DAVE’s success in the legal world also made him the right choice to guide WARNER/CHAPPELL through a critical period. During his tenure, DAVE has delivered excellent results at WARNER/CHAPPELL, including dramatic growth in both synch and digital revenue, and assembled an industry-leading music production business through the acquisition of the NON-STOP, V, CARLIN, GROOVEADDICTS and 615 MUSIC libraries. DAVE has proven to be a versatile and highly capable executive who can succeed in a variety of roles, and I can’t thank him enough for his significant contributions to WARNER/CHAPPELL and WMG."