Sony Music ups Rowe

A shakeup at Sony Music Publishing has resulted in Richard Rowe being named worldwide president, consolidating the company’s domestic and international publishing operations and its interests within all affiliate companies.

Marvin Cohn, who formerly headed the U.S. operations, is expected to be named shortly to a new position, according to sources, although no word was available from Sony regarding his move.

Rowe will be based in New York and report to Sony Music president Thomas Mottola.

Rowe’s appointment marks the second top-level move at a major publisher in the last month. Earlier, Polygram Music Publishing removed U.S. head Colin Cornish (Daily Variety, June 18).

Rowe has been Sony Music Intl. Music Publishing president since 1991. Prior to that, he was managing director Sony Music Publishing U.K. (formerly CBS Songs). Rowe has been with the company since 1979 in a variety of positions.

“Richard’s aggressive strategy has resulted in an increased presence for Sony Music Publishing,” said Mottola. “I’m thrilled he will now direct his passion and energy toward expanding the presence of our publishing operation around the world.”