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Bowen steps up to lead Sony BMG Music

Exec to oversee international operations, global digital biz

Tim Bowen has been named chief operating officer of Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

Announcement was made Sunday by Sony BMG CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, to whom he reports. Bowen will be based in New York.

As COO, Bowen will work with Schmidt-Holtz overseeing all aspects of the global music company’s operations. This will include direct responsibility for Sony BMG’s international operations as well as the company’s global digital business, strategic marketing, legacy, masterworks and sales enterprise divisions. Bowen also will direct the expanding audiovisual and TV interests worldwide and have oversight for human resources.

“Tim brings to this role a deep understanding of both the creative and business aspects of the music industry,” Schmidt-Holtz said in a statement. “He has extensive experience with both of the companies that came together to form Sony BMG, and the dedication, passion and vision that are necessary to lead the joint venture into the future. He is clearly the right choice for this key post.”

Bowen was chairman of U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa for Sony BMG Music Entertainment Intl., a post he had held since February 2004.

He joined BMG in 2002, when he was appointed COO of BMG Europe by Schmidt-Holtz and carried out a number of international assignments before he became chairman of BMG U.K. and Ireland in 2003. There he oversaw the operations of BMG and Zomba in the U.K. and Ireland, and Syco, Simon Cowell’s TV production company. Bowen is widely recognized in the music industry as the man who brokered the long-term deal for Sony BMG to share in the revenues of Syco.

Prior to joining BMG, Bowen worked for Universal Music Intl. as senior VP of marketing and business affairs and, following the merger of Polygram and Universal Music, he became executive VP of Universal Music Intl.

He began his career at Sony Music U.K. — then CBS Records — in business affairs. He spent four years in New York as head of Sony Music Publishing Intl. and returned to the U.K. in 1986 as managing director, Columbia Records.