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Mike Smith leaves Warner Chappell

By | Published on Friday 3 April 2020

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Mike Smith has announced that he is stepping down as Managing Director of the UK division of Warner Music’s publishing business Warner Chappell.

“My time at Warner Chappell has been hugely rewarding and I want to thank all of my colleagues around the world, and the amazing songwriting talent I’ve had the privilege to work with, for their love and support”, he says. “These past few years have been a very special time for the company, culminating with four of our artists – Celeste, Dave, Foals and Stormzy – picking up awards at this year’s BRITs”.

“As I leave the company for family reasons, I know that things are in good hands under the guidance of [overall Warner Chappell chiefs] Guy [Moot] and Carianne [Marshall], and I wish them and everyone at the company the very best moving forward. We’re currently enjoying an amazingly creative period in our industry, and I look forward to my next challenge, which I hope will be in the not too distant future”.

Moot and Marshall add: “Mike’s decided to leave the company for family reasons. He’s been an integral part of the Warner Chappell story over the last few years and we’re grateful for everything he’s achieved. We’re sorry to see him leave and we wish him all the very best for the future. We’re really proud of everything our team and our songwriters are achieving and will be sharing exciting news about our new UK leadership in due course”.

Smith joined Warner Chappell UK as MD in 2016, moving over from Universal’s Virgin EMI label business, where he was President Of Music, a role he had taken on in 2012 while the division was still Mercury Records.