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News November 10, 2020

Dan Rosen will have a new boss at Warner Music

Dan Rosen will have a new boss at Warner Music

When Dan Rosen takes the reins at Warner Music Australia early next year, he’ll be reporting to an all-new boss.

Stu Bergen, Warner Music Group’s CEO of international and global commercial services, has tendered his resignation.

Bergen joined Warner Music Group 14 years ago, was named EVP, International and Head of Global Marketing in 2012 and took on his current duties in 2016.

“It’s been a wild and wonderful journey as we have returned to growth and possibility,” Bergen comments in a message to Billboard. “You have accomplished so much, and I know you will achieve much more.”

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Warner Music Group

Earlier in his career, Bergen had executive roles with several indies and the major label Epic, Island and Columbia Records.

According to reports from the U.S., he’ll leave at the end of January 2021.

He’ll just miss Rosen, who is due to slot into the top job as President of Warner Music Australasia in Sydney, with effect from 1st February, 2021.

Rosen will join Warner Music after serving almost a decade as CEO of ARIA and PPCA.

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Dan Rosen

When Rosen’s appointment was confirmed on Sept. 30, Bergen said of the incoming executive: “Dan is coming to us with an extraordinary depth of knowledge and range of experience – as a pioneering exec, an artists’ advocate, and a successful performer himself. He’s seen the business from all sides and has been a passionate and fearless defender and protector of the rights of music creators in the digital age. He’ll be an exceptional addition to our global leadership team, and a great champion of our amazing artists and teams in Australia and New Zealand.”

Among the staffers paying tribute to Bergen included Max Lousada, global CEO of Recorded Music at Warner. In an internal memo, published by MBW, Lousada described Bergen as a “versatile exec, known for his frankness and integrity, he’s just as comfortable in the boardroom advocating for an acquisition as he is flying halfway around the world to meet backstage with an artist.”

Bergen led WMG’s global expansion in the streaming age, and was responsible for several strategic acquisitions including China’s Gold Typhoon, the Netherlands’ Spinnin’ Records, and European direct-to-fan retailer EMP Merchandising.

With Bergen running international, WMG opened affiliates in around 20 markets.

This article originally appeared on The Industry Observer, which is now part of The Music Network.

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