Warner Music Group today announced that Mark Baker has joined the company as Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs. According to a release, Baker will oversee the company’s public policy positions and initiatives, as well as serve as its primary liaison with governmental and regulatory bodies across the globe. Baker, who will be based at WMG’s New York headquarters, will report jointly to WMG EVP & General Counsel Paul Robinson and EVP, Communications & Marketing James Steven.
“Mark brings an extraordinary depth of experience, intellect, and insight to this important post,” Robinson and Steven said in a statement. “This is a transformational time for the creative community, and we as an industry must remain super-vigilant to ensure that the rights and interests of our artists, our songwriters, and our companies are protected, and the value of music is not merely maintained but enhanced. Decisions made today will set the course for the music industry for decades to come. With his extensive global background, Mark will be an outstanding voice for the WMG family at the intersection of the arts, business and government.”
Baker has decades of experience with international trade policy and regulatory matters, multilateral trade negotiations, tax policy, and trade-related industry standards. For the past 15 years, he has worked at beverage/alcohol company Diageo, most recently serving as director of global trade and regulatory affairs — a job that saw him based in the U.S., London and Brussels. He began his career as an at the U.S. Department of Commerce, followed by a stint as VP of International Trade for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.