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Warner Music appointments

By | Published on Monday 31 October 2011

Warner Music

Warner Music UK last week announced that Dan Chalmers, currently MD of Rhino UK & International, will take over responsibility for the major’s independent distribution company ADA. He will oversee the development of ADA UK & Global in addition to his Rhino role, taking over from outgoing ADA MD Susan Rush, who is leaving the major.

Confirming the appointment, Warner Music UK CEO Christian Tattersfield told CMU: “ADA is well established as the best distributor of independent music and Dan is perfectly placed to oversee the next stage of its UK and global evolution. His broad expertise in fostering artist careers across many genres, audience sizes and territories will prove valuable, as will his leadership skills and contacts in the indie community. Dan and ADA’s senior team will together serve independent culture by offering labels tailored opportunities for commercial growth”.

On the departing Rush’s input at ADA he added: “Having launched ADA in the UK in 2006, Susan Rush has brokered and built ADA’s relationships with many great labels, and at the same time created a first-class team. She leaves strong foundations in place for ADA’s future success. We are very grateful to her for everything she has accomplished and we wish her the best for the future”.

Elsewhere in Warner Music appointments news, the major also announced last week that Kei Ishizaka had been appointed as Chairman and CEO of its Japanese division. Ishizaka joins Warner from Universal’s Japanese business, where he has had various senior roles over the years. Confirming the appointment, Warner’s CEO Lyor Cohen told reporters: “Kei Ishizaka is a great music man from one of the world’s most vibrant and important music cultures. He has a deep understanding of Japanese music, an industry-leading track record and a career-long commitment to artist development. These attributes will see Kei contribute much to the continued success of our core mission: signing and nurturing extraordinary artists”.

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