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29 Aug 2013
Warner/Chappell Music Strengthens Global Digital Team
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Ann Sweeney takes on expanded global role as Executive Vice President, Digital Strategy & Policy

Stephen Dallas named VP, Digital Legal Affairs & Business Development

Iain Morris promoted to newly-created role Head of Digital, Europe
 
Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, today announced three key appointments as it continues to grow its digital business around the world. Ann Sweeney has been named Executive Vice President, Digital Strategy & Policy, expanding her role to take on global responsibilities. Based in New York and reporting to Cameron Strang, Chairman & CEO, Warner/Chappell, Sweeney will drive a cohesive digital licensing strategy, oversee WCM’s approach to digital legislation, and collaborate with the company’s affiliates to build partnerships with both established and emerging service providers. She will also continue to play a leading role in Warner/Chappell's relationships with U.S. performing rights societies and industry organizations such as National Music Publishers Association (NMPA). 
 
In addition, Stephen Dallas has been appointed as Vice President, Digital Legal Affairs & Business Development. He will negotiate and execute digital licensing agreements with third parties as well as explore new business opportunities in the digital ecosystem. 
 
Based in London, Iain Morris has been promoted to the newly created role Head of Digital, Europe, becoming the primary point of contact for digital licensees across the region. Morris will take responsibility for driving Warner/Chappell’s Pan-European Digital Licensing (PEDL) initiative, as well as managing relationships and overseeing negotiations with existing and prospective digital partners. Both Dallas and Morris will report to Sweeney.

Cameron Strang commented, “Warner/Chappell is a bold and determined digital pioneer. We are committed to providing our outstanding songwriters with dynamic, best-in-class services that maximize revenue generating opportunities for their songs. Thanks to Ann's extensive experience, outstanding negotiating skills and deep understanding of the industry, she has played a significant role in accelerating the growth of our digital footprint. She and her newly expanded team will help ensure we continue to lead our industry's fast-paced evolution.”

Ann Sweeney said, “As the transformation of the entertainment landscape continues, we are enabling increasingly sophisticated and compelling music services. I look forward to my on-going work with Cameron and our talented team as we forge innovative new opportunities and build incremental revenues for our extraordinary writers.”
 
Sweeney added, “Stephen and Iain are experts in their fields and I am thrilled to work with them. Their knowledge, contacts and strategic insight mean we are well positioned to grow our reputation as the world's most nimble and innovative music publisher.”

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About Warner/Chappell
Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing company of Warner Music Group, is home to a wide array of legendary songwriters and a rich catalog of contemporary hits and influential standards. With offices in more than 40 countries, Warner/Chappell provides deep expertise across a range of creative services and the most innovative opportunities for songwriters and copyright holders. With a history dating back more than 200 years, Warner/Chappell currently publishes and administers music from Barry Gibb, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Eric Clapton, fun., Gamble & Huff, Green Day, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Miramax Films, Muse, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M, Roc Nation, Stephen Sondheim, T.I., Timbaland and Wayne Hector, among many others.

Source: Warner/Chappell Music