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Jon Platt appointed new CEO of Warner/Chappell

By | Published on Wednesday 7 October 2015


Warner Music yesterday announced a rejig at the top of its music publishing business Warner/Chappell, with Jon Platt rising to the role of CEO. He will replace Cameron Strang, who has run both the publishing unit and the US side of the Warner Bros record label since 2012; he will now focus on the latter.

Confirming his new role, an obviously thrilled Platt told reporters: “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”.

He went on: “I am honoured 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”.

In a rather long quote, Strang then talked up his time running Warner’s songs business and bigged up “force of nature” Platt, before saying of his other role at Warner Bros: “Our iconic label has an amazing roster of emerging and established artists, along with a dedicated, world-class team focused on creative excellence and sustained growth. Together, we’re going to make Warner Bros Records the number one home for breaking artists and legendary superstars in the streaming age”.