HOLLYWOOD — Warner Music Group has upped Stephen Shrimpton to chairman and CEO of Warner Music Intl., effective Jan. 1.
Shrimpton, president of WMI, will take over the top post from Ramon Lopez, who will retire at the end of this year.
He will report directly to Roger Ames, chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group, and will continue to be based in WMI’s London offices.
In his new position, Shrimpton will oversee all of WMI’s global activities and future expansion, in addition to remaining closely involved with the Warner Music Group and international music industry organizations.
His responsibilities will include WMI’s operations in Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific and the USA plus the company’s classical, video, and new media divisions.
Commenting Tuesday on the promotion, Ames said: “Stephen Shrimpton has been a most effective and dedicated senior executive within Warner Music Intl. for the past 13 years. During that time he has successfully overseen WMI’s international marketing, European and Asia Pacific activities. It is particularly gratifying that we have, already within WMI, such an experienced and talented person available to succeed Ramon Lopez.”
Shrimpton joined WMI in 1986 as senior veep of international marketing and artist development and was appointed senior veep Warner Music Europe in 1987.
In 1992 he became senior veep Warner Music Asia Pacific and was named president of WMI in 1995.
Prior to joining WMI, he was managing director of MPL Communications, Paul McCartney’s group of companies, between 1979 and 1986; and prior to that served as marketing director for EMI Records Australia and managing director for EMI Music Australia.