Sony Music taps trio of chairmen, ups 2 exex

Sony Music Entertainment president Thomas D. Mottola has issued chairman titles to a trio of execs, and promoted several more of his senior-level managers, as part of a recognition of their achievements and to signal Sony’s expanding presence in the worldwide marketplace.

Mottola elevated three Sony presidents to chairmen of their respective divisions, and upped two of the company’s key execs.

Mel Ilberman is now chairman of Sony Music Intl., Don Ienner is chairman of Columbia Records (retaining his title of president), and David Glew will be chairman of Epic Records.

Execs filling the posts vacated due to the promotions include Robert M. Bowlin, who becomes president of Sony Music Intl. and will continue to serve as exec VP on the corporate level, and Richard Griffiths, who assumes the presidency of Epic, a post held by Glew. Bowlin previously was senior VP and chief financial officer of Sony Music Entertainment.

Michelle Anthony, one of Mottola’s key execs who has been on the fast track since arriving in 1990, becomes exec VP of Sony Music Entertainment. She will also continue to act as the company’s executive liaison to Sony’s other companies. Anthony was a senior VP.

Mottola, whose responsibilities were expanded last September from domestic matters to include the company’s international interests, is positioning Sony Music to become a major player on the worldwide music stage with the establishment of company outposts in Turkey, Taiwan, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. Mottola will continue to report to Michael P. Schulhof, chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment.

Under Mottola’s management team the company’s market share has been steadily increasing, and within the company the team is credited for doubling Sony Music’s profits and increasing revenues.

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