Warner Music Group has promoted London-based exec Kate Logan to general counsel, international following the departure of Chris Ancliff.
Logan will be responsible for all of Warner’s legal and business affairs outside of the US, having been promoted from her role as SVP of legal affairs. She’ll report to Paul Robinson, WMG’s executive VP and general counsel.
Ancliff, of course, who had served as international GC since 2009, was the man charged with one of Warner’s – and indeed the music industry’s – most complicated legal processes of all time. He negotiated with indies groups IMPALA and Merlin and helped process dozens of deals relating to the Parlophone Label Group divestment of assets to the indies. That process, as Music Week exclusively revealed at the time, ended on September 30 last year.
“WMG is a very exciting place to be during this transformational time in the music industry,” said Logan, who previously served at EMI and Allen & Overy. “We’re finding innovative ways to expand global opportunities for our artists and songwriters, while growing our international footprint by entering fresh territories, opening up new licensing avenues, and pioneering digital initiatives. I want to thank Paul for this amazing new opportunity, and my wonderful colleagues for their support.”
“Since joining us five years ago, Kate has done an exceptional job on multiple fronts – becoming a trusted advisor to our international legal and business affairs team and building a reputation in the industry as a talented executive with great energy and integrity,” said Robinson. “She brings wide-ranging global experience to her new position, combined with a terrific legal mind and impressive managerial expertise and organisational abilities.”
To read Music Week’s epic account of the Parlophone divestment process, click here.