Cameron Strang, Warner/Chappell Music’s Chairman & CEO, just announced a phased leadership transition plan under which Jon Platt will succeed Strang as Warner/Chappell’s CEO. As part of this move, Strang will bring additional focus to his role as Chairman & CEO of Warner Bros. Records (WBR), as well as continuing to serve as a member of the Warner Music Group Corp. Board of Directors.
Platt’s appointment as CEO of Warner/Chappell is effective November 1, 2015. Strang will remain as Warner/Chappell’s Chairman until May 2016, at which point Platt will become Chairman & CEO. Platt, who joined Warner/Chappell in 2012, was most recently the company’s President, North America. In his new position, Platt will lead the operations of Warner/Chappell around the world, including its offices in more than 40 countries.
Platt commented, “Warner/Chappell is an iconic music company with an incomparable roster of extraordinary songwriters, and I am thrilled to be leading us into our next exciting chapter. Our mission is to develop, grow, reward and sustain a prosperous and healthy creative community — the community of songwriters who make it possible for music to have such a special place in all of our lives. My vision for Warner/Chappell is one of peerless commitment to the songwriter and unmatched advocacy for the value of music. I see us leading the industry in our service not only to our songwriters, but also to the partners and fans that help make their livelihoods possible.”
He added, “I am honored that Cameron recommended me to succeed him. He has set an extremely high bar, leading a remarkable transformation at Warner/Chappell. I will be forever grateful for his friendship, partnership and mentorship. I look forward to building on our achievements and making our company the finest home for songwriters everywhere.”
Strang said, “I’m proud of all we’ve achieved in growing Warner/Chappell over the last five years, by providing imeccable service to songwriters, embracing new technology, fostering an entrepreneurial culture and demonstrating industry leadership. As a result, we’ve reinvigorated every facet of the company and made it the place that songwriters want to call home. Ever since Jon came on board in 2012, he has played a pivotal role in our success story, making enormous contributions to the company’s rapid development. Warner/Chappell is now ready for the next phase of its ongoing evolution, and Jon is exactly the right executive for the job. He is a force of nature: a brilliant creative collaborator; a principled leader; and an inspiring mentor. He will be a terrific CEO, as he brings his dynamism and expertise to our songwriters, teams and business around the world.”