Christian Tattersfield has quit his joint role as CEO, Warner Music UK and Co-Chairman, Warner Bros. Records UK. He will stand down in February 2014.
Max Lousada will assume the position of CEO, Warner Music UK following Tattersfield’s departure. Lousada and Tattersfield become Co-CEO’s of the UK company with immediate effect and report to Steve Cooper, CEO, WMG. Lousada will combine his new role with his existing responsibilities as Chairman, Atlantic Records UK.
Miles Leonard, who at present is Chairman, Parlophone Records and Co-Chairman of Warner Bros. Records UK, will take on full responsibility for Warner Bros. UK following Tattersfield’s departure, reporting to Lousada.
Steve Cooper said, “Christian’s tenure as leader of Warner Music UK has been an extremely impressive one. As well as guiding the company through on-going commercial success, he has fostered a culture of excellence in artist development that will continue to shape our future. We are extremely grateful for his contribution and for his continued support as we enter this transitional phase ahead of his departure. We’ll always consider Christian a part of the Warner Music family and look forward to collaborating with him on future projects.”
“Max’s achievements at Atlantic UK have been remarkable. Artists that have emerged under his stewardship are among the most successful British acts in recent years, not only in the local market but on the world stage. Max is a natural successor to Christian and, in Miles and the rest of the senior UK team, he will have extremely strong support when he takes the role. His appointment ensures stability and continuity during the handover period and leaves us well positioned for growth in this important and influential market.”
Christian Tattersfield said, “With the company in such great shape and its future in such good hands, the time is right for me to focus on the kind of entrepreneurial projects that I have pursued since I started out in the industry. My time as the CEO of Warner Music UK has allowed me to work with some of the best artists and executives in the business, not least Max, who I am confident will continue to lead with the same creative energy that has made Atlantic UK such an A&R powerhouse.”
Max Lousada said, “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to lead Warner Music UK and am indebted to Christian for his tremendous encouragement over the last four years, during which time he steadfastly supported our boundless ambition and artistic vision for Atlantic UK.
“I look forward to continuing that spirit of partnership with Miles and our other exceptional leaders here in the UK as well as with the extraordinary artists we work with across all our labels.”Music Business Worldwide