EMI Music taps McCarroll for top post

Exec to head Capitol & Virgin Label Group in N. America

In the latest exec shift at the top of EMI Music, Dan McCarroll, exec VP of North American creative at EMI Publishing, has been named prexy of the newly coined Capitol & Virgin Label Group in North America.

McCarroll, a nine-year EMI Publishing vet who headed the Eastern A&R effort since 2007, will be charged with assembling a creative team for the beleaguered label operation.

He will report directly to EMI group chief operating officer Roger Faxon and work closely with EMI Music North America COO Colin Finkelstein.

New Capitol/Virgin unit succeeds previous umbrella Capitol Music Group.

McCarroll’s promotion follows a round of EMI label exits last month, including the departure of chief operating officer Ronn Werre; Nick Gatfield, head of North American and U.K. A&R; and international prexy of new music Billy Mann (Daily Variety, Sept. 8). Company was restructured on a territorial basis.

Shakeup comes three months after the installation of Faxon, previously McCarroll’s boss at industry leader EMI Music Publishing (Daily Variety, June 20).

At the pubbery, McCarroll signed and worked with such talent as John Mellencamp, Cobra Starship, Death Cab for Cutie, Butch Walker and Panic at the Disco. Before joining EMI in 2001, he topped the A&R department at Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich’s Elektra imprint the Music Co. He was previously a touring and session drummer.

Faxon said in a statement: “Dan has an unswerving commitment to putting the artists and repertoire back into A&R. He has demonstrated a phenomenal ability to work in partnership with artistic talent in order to create positive outcomes for the people he represents.”

Faxon added that EMI A&R execs Steven Melrose and Leonard Brooks would be exiting the company.

Latest change in EMI’s leadership comes as the Oct. 18 trial date approaches for owner Terra Firma Capital Partners’ suit against lender Citigroup in the dispute over the 2007 purchase of the music firm.

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