EMI Gaul music chief ankles

Topper leaves ahead of rumoured regional restructuring

LONDON — Eric Tong Cuong has ankled as topper of EMI Music France.

Company would not comment on the departure other than to say Cuong had “relinquished his position” and that Jean-Francois Cecillon, chairman-CEO of EMI Music Continental Europe, will assume control for the time being.

Move is part of EMI’s restructuring of its underperforming continental European operations, which began in October when Cecillon’s predecessor, Emmanuel de Buretel, replaced Udo Lange at EMI Music Germany with Niel Van Hoff. Latter is now managing director of both the German operation and EMI Music Netherlands.

In March, EMI Recorded Music chairman Alain Levy replaced de Buretel with Cecillon. No reason was given for de Buretel’s departure, other than that the company was moving on “to a new phase in the development of our business in the continental Europe region.”

Move to oust Cuong in France is seen by observers as underlining Cecillon’s determination to revitalize the fortunes of the European business.

In addition to his responsibilities as regional head of continental Europe, Cecillon will have day-to-day executive control of EMI Music France until a successor is appointed.

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