Warner Music Group has appointed Alfonso Perez-Soto as SVP, business development, Latin America, Spain and emerging markets.
Based in Miami, Perez-Soto will report to Inigo Zabala, President, Warner Music Latin America, for his work across Spain and Latin America, and Stephen Bryan, EVP Digital Strategy and Business Development, for operations in the emerging markets.
The appointment marks the return of Perez-Soto to the company, having previously worked at Warner for six years, up until March 2011, as VP of Business Development, Latin America. The focus of his new role will see him identifying and developing innovative growth opportunities and overseeing ground-breaking digital expansion deals.
Inigo Zabala said, “I am very pleased to welcome Alfonso back to the team. He brings extensive knowledge and invaluable experience in the music and technology industries. I am confident his entrepreneurial flair and strategic insight will help to ensure we are maximizing the potential for our exciting content across all channels, and that we continue to provide our world-class artists with cutting edge digital opportunities.”
Stephen Bryan commented, “The emerging markets are at an exciting stage in their digital evolution and continue to transform at a dynamic pace. Alfonso will play an important role in ensuring we remain at the forefront of developments in these countries, while working towards improving legitimate digital music access for fans."
Alfonso Perez-Soto said, “I am thrilled to be re-joining Warner Music Group and to be working with Inigo and Stephen. I know from experience that Warner is a company with a real commitment to digital innovation and I look forward to reconnecting with the music, artists and partners.”
Perez-Soto re-joins Warner from Telefonica, one of the largest telecommunications providers in the world, where he served as VP, Content Corporate Unit. Prior to working at Warner he was Senior Business Developer for Universal Music Group in Latin America for seven years where he created the mobile network for music and music related downloads and previously held various senior positions at Nokia worldwide.
Perez-Soto has earned his J.D. and BA in Spain, LL.M in University of Miami, and received three major scholarships including Harvard Law School and two with the Spanish Foreign Office in Colombia 1995 and Brazil 1996.