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Warner Music promotes Simon Robson into international role

By | Published on Monday 23 November 2020

Simon Robson

Warner Music has announced that Simon Robson, most recently President of the major’s operations in Asia, has been promoted to the role of President, International for recorded music. Based in London, he will oversee the firm’s label operations outside the US and UK, reporting into the Global CEO for recorded music, Max Lousada.

Robson takes over in that role from the departing Stu Bergen, who previously headed up the major’s international recorded music operations as well as its commercial services business. The latter element of Bergen’s former role is basically being taken on by the newly appointed President of Warner’s WEA division, Maria Weaver. The major says that Bergen and Weaver will work closely together in their new roles, and also with Warner’s Chief Marketing Officer Eric Wong.

Confirming Robson’s promotion, Lousada said: “In most places on the planet, domestic music is increasingly important and influential. At the same time, we have the power to ignite worldwide careers out of almost any territory. Music travels faster and more fluidly than ever. Simon’s worldwide perspective and dynamic expertise will be invaluable as we invest in our global growth, accelerate our drive into emerging markets, and build a ‘one Warner’ platform for talent”.

Robson himself chipped in: “Our business is more international than ever, with incredible music coming from all parts of the globe. I’m looking forward to helping build our local rosters, foster artistic pollination across territories, and develop long-term, global careers for our artists”.

“The paths to international success are multiplying rapidly”, he continued, “and it’ll be fantastic to work with Warner’s talented leadership around the world, many of whom I’ve already had the pleasure of knowing over the years. I’ve learned so much from my time in Asia, I’m delighted to be taking on this exciting new role, and I’m hugely ambitious for our artists, our people, and our future”.