Merrill to lead EMI digital push

Executive joins from Google

LONDON — EMI Music has appointed Google’s chief information officer, Douglas Merrill, to lead its growing digital music business.

Based in Los Angeles, Merrill will take up the post of president of digital business at EMI with responsibility for all of the company’s digital strategy, innovation, business development, supply chain and global technology activities.

EMI chairman Guy Hands said: “Douglas is a proven agent of change who combines broad business intellect with a deep engineering background.

“He has been a key member of the management team at Google, which has created more value than any other consumer Internet company by focusing relentlessly on tools that enable consumers to do things more effectively.

“His experience, talents and his ability to drive innovation will be enormously valuable to EMI and to its artists.”

In his five years at Google, Merrill rose to become chief information officer and vice president of engineering, responsible for all billing and revenue technology and processes for Google worldwide.

He was responsible for the 2006 launch of Google Checkout, which is now a multi-billion dollar business.

Merrill said: “I have two passions. One is creating platforms and tools that make it easier for consumers to achieve their goals. The other is music.

“This exciting new role at EMI is a unique opportunity for me to be able to put those two passions to work together and help deliver EMI’s objective of providing the best services in the world to consumers and musicians.”

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