Appointments free Berry to focus on U.S.

LONDON — British music major EMI has announced it is restructuring its European and Asia Pacific operations with three key appointments.

Charlie Dimont, head of EMI Europe, is being upped to the position of exec VP of EMI Recorded Music with a global brief and based in New York. He becomes the recording division’s second exec VP along with existing exec VP Tony Bates, who is also group CFO.

Emmanuel de Buretel, head of Virgin Continental Europe, is taking on the role of prexy and chief exec of EMI Recorded Music Europe based in London and with additional responsibility for Africa and the Middle East.

De Buretel’s appointment signals a closer operational relationship between EMI and Virgin, the company’s crown jewel label, and a streamlining of EMI’s European businesses. Whether that entails redundancies is unknown.

And Matthew Allison, head of EMI Recorded Music Asia, becomes prexy and chief exec of EMI Recorded Music Asia Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand, which formerly reported to Europe.

The appointments will help free up Ken Berry, prexy and chief exec of EMI Recorded Music, to concentrate on the U.S. market, where EMI is trying to improve its performance.

Berry said: “Charlie, Emmanuel and Matthew have each been very successful in their careers at EMI in building market share and strengthening the management structure in their respective regions. This reorganization is designed to help strenghten and streamline the company as we pursue our strategy of continuing to make market share gains while increasing efficiency.”

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