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Cory-Smith gets top job at BMG Chrysalis

Cory-Smith gets top job at BMG Chrysalis

Cory-Smith, who joined BMG Rights Management in London last month as SVP, legal and corporate development, now assumes overall responsibility for creative, marketing and business affairs as senior vice president BMG Chrysalis UK.

John Dobinson, BMG Rights Management's COO in Europe, will manage the operational side of BMG Chrysalis UK working closely with Cory-Smith.

The move means Alison Donald, managing director of Chrysalis Publishing UK, is leaving the company. There was no indication about how Chrysalis Music Group CEO Jeremy Lascelles fitted into the new management structure. Lascelles declined to comment.

BMG Rights Management CEO Hartwig Masuch paid tribute to Donald, who alongside Lascelles helped Chrysalis garner a reputation for one of the most enlightened A&R policies.

Masuch said: "Alison helped grow Chrysalis Publishing UK into the country's leading independent music publisher. She has built a formidable A&R team who have signed some of the world's most talented songwriters. We thank her for her many contributions and we wish her every success in her future career."

Alongside these moves two key A&R chiefs - Ben Bodie, currently head of A&R for Chrysalis and Alan Pell, director of A&R for BMG/Stage Three - will report into Cory-Smith.

Cory-Smith said, "One of my top priorities is to preserve and build on the creativity and independent spirit that are inherent in the BMG Chrysalis family of companies and their people so that we can best serve the artists we work with."

She added Bodie and Pell would be key to developing the creative direction of the company.

The move will also see all publishing operations - BMG Rights was in Great Marlborough Street - move to the Chrysalis building in west London.

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