Exec started as label manager in 1970

Rafael Gil, EMI’s president-chief exec of Latin American operations, is stepping down after three decades with the U.K. label group. EMI said it would name Gil’s successor within the next few weeks.

Exec held his post for two years, after working his way up from label manager at the Spain division in 1970.

“Rafael has been one of the Latin music world’s most influential and highly regarded executives,” said EMI topper Alain Levy. Gil moved up the ranks at EMI’s Capitol imprint in the 1970s, then in 1983 was tapped director of A&R and marketing for Latin America. Two years later, he became managing director of EMI Odeon Spain, then became prexy of the Iberia region in 1990.

In late 1996, Gil moved to the U.S. arm of Capitol, becoming prexy and regional manager for EMI Latin America. Over the years, he has worked with such Latin stars as Luz Casal, El Ultimo de la Fila, Heroes del Silencio and Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos.

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