Warner’s Scott Francis takes presidency

Warner/Chappell Music Chairman and CEO David H. Johnson announced today the appointment of Scott Francis to the newly created position of President, Warner/Chappell Music, and Chairman and CEO, Warner/Chappell Music U.S.

Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group, said, “In looking for a head of Warner/Chappell’s U.S. operations, we wanted an executive who not only has a deep understanding of songwriters and music publishing, but one who also has a vision of how to position a music publishing company to seize the opportunities presented by the industry’s rapid digital transformation.”

Francis, who was previously President of BMG Music Publishing’s BMG Songs North America division, will run Warner Music Group’s (NYSE: WMG) U.S. music publishing operations as well as play a key role in Warner/Chappell’s global strategy.

While at BMG Songs North America, the division became one of the most successful music publishing operations with a diverse roster of highly successful songwriters including Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera, Nelly, Daughtry, The All-American Rejects, Yellowcard, Chingy, Keyshia Cole, Sara Evans, Chad Hugo and The Matrix, among many others.

Francis said, “I’m committed to making Warner/Chappell the first-choice for songwriters, and in doing so, being a powerful resource for our record label partners. Warner/Chappell’s library of standards and hit songs is exceptional, and I look forward to creating and seizing opportunities to bring these works to new audiences through an array of traditional and emerging platforms.”

Pictured: Scott Francis, Nelly and BMG VP Derrick Thompson.

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