Rob Wiesenthal segues to Sony/ATV post

Longtime Sony Corp. exec to oversee int'l for publishing giant

Rob Wiesenthal has been named prexy of international for Sony/ATV Music Publishing. He will officially take on his new role in June, working out of New York and reporting to Sony/ATV CEO Martin Bandier.

Wiesenthal was a key player in orchestrating Sony’s pending acquisition of EMI Music Publishing, which set the stage for his segue to the publishing giant. He’s been with Sony for the past 12 years, most recently serving as exec veep and chief financial officer of Sony Corp. of America.

In his new role, he will be responsible for oversight of worldwide territories excluding North America and the U.K., and also become part of Sony/ATV’s senior executive management team.

A joint venture of Sony and the estate of Michael Jackson, Sony/ATV is poised to undergo significant changes with the pending EMI publishing acquisition. Earlier this month, the company signed Bandier to a long-term contract, and just this week agreed to make yet-unspecified concessions to the European Union to help secure approval of the merger.

“Rob helped us move from the analog to the digital world,” said Sony Corp. CEO Howard Stringer in a statement. “Rob’s business acumen has always played a crucial role in our corporate efforts to grow the various operating companies, most recently with the proposed acquisition of EMI Music Publishing by Sony and our partners.”

According to a Sony Corp. rep, there is no immediate word on whether Wiesenthal’s role at Sony Corp. of America will be replaced.