Exec has headed publishing arm since 2007

Martin Bandier has signed a long-term contract extension to remain chairman-CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Sony Corp. of America announced Monday.

Bandier has served as topper of Sony/ATV — a joint venture of Sony and the Estate of Michael Jackson — since 2007. Under his watch, Sony/ATV has signed publishing deals with the likes of Lady Gaga, producer RedOne, Shakira and Enrique Iglesias.

“I am delighted that Marty has agreed to continue his expert leadership of this important company,” Sony chairman-CEO-prexy Howard Stringer said in a statement. “Music publishing is an incredibly successful part of our business, and with Marty staying on at the helm, Sony/ATV is well positioned for the years ahead.”

Having previously served as CEO of EMI Music Publishing for 17 years, Bandier is also poised to regain control of his former company, should the pending Sony-EMI Music Publishing merger attain regulatory approval.

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