Following speculation about his future at Sony/ATV, Guy Moot’s departure for Warner/Chappell has now been confirmed.
Moot, Sony/ATV Music Publishing UK MD and president, worldwide creative, had been in the frame for the top job when Martin Bandier’s departure was announced. Ultimately, however, Warner/Chappell’s Jon Platt was confirmed as heading up Sony/ATV.
Warner Music CEO Steve Cooper has now informed staff that Guy Moot will be joining Warner/Chappell in the first half of 2019 as co-chair and CEO. He will work alongside Carianne Marshall, who’s been promoted to co-chair and COO; both will report to Cooper.
Marshall and Cooper will run the publisher until Moot arrives.
In his memo to staff, Cooper said: “This leadership duo will be unlike any other in music publishing, and help us emphasise our unique approach at Warner/Chappell. It will give us real creative and commercial advantages as we sign and develop a new generation of world-class hit-makers, open up fresh opportunities for our legendary catalogue, and mentor a winning team.
“Guy and Carianne are inspiring, innovative execs who have championed many of the world’s greatest songwriters, while being passionate advocates for the value of music and proponents of new technology. They bring beautifully complementary talents and experiences to the Warner/Chappell culture – with Guy’s visionary A&R strength backed by outstanding global operational expertise, and Carianne’s entrepreneurial business savvy coupled with impeccable creative instincts.”
Moot has enjoyed market share success with Sony/ATV in the UK – the company won the Music Publisher award at the Music Week Awards last year. Moot is planning to be based in both London and LA.
Marshall joined Warner/Chappell in June, having been a principal partner at independent music publisher Songs.
“I want to thank the entire team at Warner/Chappell for doing an outstanding job during this transition, continuing to work tirelessly to provide unparalleled service to songwriters across the globe,” added Cooper. “I know that Guy and Carianne will be fantastic partners in continuing to transform the company and pioneer the future of music.”
To read Music Week’s Sony/ATV cover feature with Moot and Bandier click here.