WMG has appointed Marco Alboni as chairman and CEO of Warner Music Italy.
Alboni - who most recently served as chairman of EMI Italy, leaving the company in April - will assume the position on July 1 and will report to Stu Bergen, president, International, Warner Recorded Music.
Massimo Giuliano, formerly chairman and CEO of Warner Music Italy, will leave the company at the end of the month.
“I would like to thank Massimo for his many years of leadership,” said Bergen. “Not only is he responsible for some of our greatest Italian success stories, including Laura Pausini and Ligabue, he has also been instrumental in driving the diversification of our business in Italy. We wish him every success in his future endeavours.
“We are delighted to welcome Marco to the Warner Music family,” Bergen added. “He combines great creative instincts with real entrepreneurial flair, all of which is clear from his track record as an innovator in digital marketing and as a pioneer of working with artists across multiple rights.
“I am confident he will help to build our business in Italy and, as a member of our European leadership team, will play an important role in the integration of Parlophone Label Group across the region.”
Alboni said: “I am thrilled to join Warner Music. I feel privileged to work in a company with such a rich history and a great ability to adapt to be at the forefront of the industry during these challenging and transformational times.
“Warner Music Italy offers an array of different services to its acts and we are committed to building those out further to become a natural destination for the artist community. I am looking forward to contributing toward the enduring success of our artists and our company.”
Marco Alboni began his career at EMI Italy and subsequently held posts at both Polygram and Virgin Music Italy before becoming Managing Director of independent label SKeye / N3, where he worked with French label Naïve to launch the debut album from Carla Bruni and also managed local platinum-selling act Tiromancino.
He returned to EMI in 2005 and subsequently rose to the position of Managing Director and Chairman. During his tenure, he worked with artists including Tiziano Ferro and Vasco Rossi on best-selling albums and expanded rights initiatives including merchandise and brand partnership agreements. He also created a focus on digital marketing as well as bolstering the existing roster with promising new signings.