One of the most respected players in the US music publishing world, ‘Big’ Jon Platt, will become the CEO of Warner/Chappell Music next month.
Strang actually made the decision to promote Platt into the top job – three years after first hiring him from EMI Music Publishing in 2012.
Strang will continue in his role as Chairman & CEO of Warner Bros. Records (WBR), as well as serving as a member of the Warner Music Group Corp. Board of Directors.
He will also remain as Warner/Chappell’s Chairman until May 2016, at which point Platt will become Chairman & CEO of the company.
Strang said, “I’m proud of all we’ve achieved in growing Warner/Chappell over the last five years, by providing impeccable service to songwriters, embracing new technology, fostering an entrepreneurial culture and demonstrating industry leadership.
“As a result, we’ve reinvigorated every facet of the company and made it the place that songwriters want to call home. Ever since Jon came on board in 2012, he has played a pivotal role in our success story, making enormous contributions to the company’s rapid development.
“Warner/Chappell is now ready for the next phase of its ongoing evolution, and jon is exactly the right executive for the job.”
“Warner/Chappell is now ready for the next phase of its ongoing evolution, and Jon is exactly the right executive for the job. He is a force of nature: a brilliant creative collaborator; a principled leader; and an inspiring mentor.
“He will be a terrific CEO, as he brings his dynamism and expertise to our songwriters, teams and business around the world.”
Jon Platt joined Warner/Chappell in September 2012 as President, Creative – North America and was upped to President, North America in December 2013.
Over the past several years, Warner/Chappell has signed publishing deals with the likes of JAY Z, Beyoncé, Roc Nation’s publishing roster, Pharrell Williams (pre-2010 repertoire), Taio Cruz, Aloe Blacc, Sean Douglas, Justin Tranter, Belly, Mano, Julia Michaels, Vance Joy, Nico & Vinz, Echosmith, Slash, Lady Antebellum and Liz Rose.
Meanwhile, it’s maintained publishing agreements with the likes of Katy Perry, The-Dream, Kendrick Lamar, Michael Bublé, Led Zeppelin, Barry Gibb and George Michael.
Before joining Warner/Chappell, Platt spent 17 years at EMI, where artists/songwriters he signed at the outset of their careers included Jay Z, Kanye West, Usher, Drake, Ludacris, Mary Mary, Young Jeezy, Fabolous and Snoop Dogg. He also signed Beyoncé and negotiated deals for Pharrell Williams and Sean “Puffy” Combs.
Platt commented, “Warner/Chappell is an iconic music company with an incomparable roster of extraordinary songwriters, and I am thrilled to be leading us into our next exciting chapter. Our mission is to develop, grow, reward and sustain a prosperous and healthy creative community — the community of songwriters who make it possible for music to have such a special place in all of our lives.
“My vision for Warner/Chappell is one of peerless commitment to the songwriter and unmatched advocacy for the value of music. I see us leading the industry in our service not only to our songwriters, but also to the partners and fans that help make their livelihoods possible.
“I am honoured that cameron recommended me to succeed him. He has set an extremely high bar.”
“I am honored that Cameron recommended me to succeed him. He has set an extremely high bar, leading a remarkable transformation at Warner/Chappell. I will be forever grateful for his friendship, partnership and mentorship. I look forward to building on our achievements and making our company the finest home for songwriters everywhere.”
Strang added: “This succession not only marks a new phase for Warner/Chappell, but will enable us to further expand our horizons at Warner Bros. Records. Our iconic label has an amazing roster of emerging and established artists, along with a dedicated, world-class team focused on creative excellence and sustained growth.
“Together, we’re going to make Warner Bros. Records the No. 1 home for breaking artists and legendary superstars in the streaming age.”
Warner Music Group CEO, Steve Cooper, said, “Jon has a deep understanding of the creative process, an outstanding devotion to songs and songwriters, and an innate ability to nurture the next generation of talented publishing executives. His combination of artistic sensibility and commercial savvy is very rare, and is clearly why so many of the world’s greatest songwriters want him as their partner and champion.
“I’m excited by all he will accomplish in enhancing Warner/Chappell’s position as the best home for the best songwriters.”
Cooper added, “Cameron is a hugely gifted executive who has built Warner/Chappell into the best music publisher in the world on every front, including A&R, digital business development, sync licensing and global expansion.
“Hiring Jon was an inspired move, and now, by giving Jon the reins, Cameron has made the perfect choice of a successor.
“Hiring jon was an inspired move, and by giving him the reigns, cameron has made the perfect choice of a successor.”
“With a smooth transition underway at Warner/Chappell, Cameron will lead our plan to build on WBR’s existing success, turbocharge its long-term growth and deepen our commitment to A&R and artist development.”
Platt has also served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the MusiCares Foundation, and sits on the Board of the Living Legends Foundation.
He was the first music publisher to be featured in Source magazine’s annual Power 30 issue, and was named 2011 Music Visionary of the Year by the UJA-Federation of New York.
He began his career in the music business as a DJ in his native Denver, before moving to Los Angeles to manage producers.Music Business Worldwide