Techie Samit ankles EMI

Digital Distribution & Development group eyes changes

NEW YORK — EMI’s pioneering new-media guru Jay Samit has parted ways with the company after four years at his post in a move said to presage other structural changes within the British music major’s tech-related operations.

Sources close to the situation said there are no specific plans to replace Samit, noting that there would be more changes announced within the label’s Digital Distribution & Development group in the next few weeks.

Samit was not available for comment on his future plans. Exec was recently named to the board of online music firm Loudeye.

Samit joined EMI as senior VP of new media in 1999 and has since spearheaded the label’s aggressive investment in new technologies relating to music distribution. He was most recently president of the DD&D group.

Prior to signing on at EMI, Samit was VP of original content for Universal Studios’ new-media group. He also founded Jasmine Multimedia Publishing, which developed more than 300 multimedia software titles during his 16-year tenure.

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