Warner/Chappell Music publishing announced the appointment of Santiago Menéndez-Pidal as Managing Director of the company’s Spanish office, effective November 15. Menéndez-Pidal will work closely with Gustavo Menendez, Warner/Chappell president, Latin America, and report to chairman/CEO Jon Platt. He previously worked at Warner/Chappell Spain from 1996 until 2003.Menéndez-Pidal joins from Sony Music Spain, where he served as A&R Director for the last four years, signing artists including Dvicio, Abraham Mateo, Andrés Suárez, C Tangana, Melendi and Rozalén. Over the past two decades, which also included roles at BMG Music, EMI and Spanish indie publisher Clippers, he has worked with many of Spain’s top artists and songwriters including Dani Martín, India Martínez, Leiva and Joaquín Sabina.
Jon Platt said: “The music business in Spain has been through profound changes in recent years, and songs from the region are travelling the world faster than ever. Having someone of Santiago’s caliber championing our songwriters will have a transformative effect on our business there. He has impeccable taste, a truly global outlook, and an inspiring leadership style. Above all, Santiago has built an impressive reputation for putting the creative community first, and that’s exactly the philosophy we live by at Warner/Chappell.”
Menéndez-Pidal said: “Warner/Chappell is home to the most talented songwriters in the world, its Spanish team is made up of some of the best ears and minds in the business, and Jon Platt is the ultimate A&R inspiration. It is my great honor to return to the Warner/Chappell family, and I cannot wait to help our Spanish songwriters reach new levels of success.”