Trink leaves EMI’s Capitol Music

Exec leaves top post at end of the month

Lee Trink will step down as president of EMI’s Capitol Music Group at the end of this month in the latest move by EMI as Guy Hands’ Terra Firma attempts to reshape the company’s recorded music unit.

Ian Ralfini, general manager of Manhattan Records, has been deputized in the interim to manage the label group’s marketing functions. Ralfini will report to Sam van der Feltz, president of EMI Music Global Marketing.

EMI is looking at candidates to head up EMI Music North America’s marketing functions. Trink’s departure from the job is on amicable terms, according to a person familiar with the situation.

New owner Hands has been reorganizing the labels throughout the year, and there has been speculation that the jobs of label presidents would be eliminated. President titles would instead be given to specific duties, specifically one for A&R and one for marketing.

The Capitol Music Group, created in January 2007, is the pop and rock operation of EMI that oversees the Capitol and Virgin labels.

Trink joined EMI as g.m. and exec VP of Virgin Records in 2006. Ralfini helped restart Manhattan Records with Arif Mardin in 2001 after his stint as president of WEA U.K.

EMI’s memo made no mention of the fate of Jason Flom, CEO of the Capitol Music Group.

Capitol is a week away from releasing its most anticipated album of the year, Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends.”

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