Lyor Cohen Stepping Down As Warner Music Chairman/CEO
September 24, 2012
Warner Music Group has announced that Lyor Cohen, Chairman/CEO of Recorded Music, will step down as of September 30. Cohen joined WMG in 2004 as Chairman/CEO of U.S. Recorded Music. Cohen's position included oversight of WMG's U.S. label groups, as well as WEA Corp. and Rhino Entertainment. Cohen is also on Warner Music's Board of Directors.
In a statement, Cohen said, "To all the artists and employees who live and die for the music every day, and who personally sacrifice for the good of the creative process: 'keep on keepin' on' in the tradition of a company that respects and honors the artistic community."
Len Blavatnik, Chairman of WMG owner Access Industries, said, "I personally want to thank Lyor for his dedication and contributions to Warner Music. He has been both a business partner and personal friend and I wish him only the best."
WMG CEO Stephen Cooper added, "Lyor Cohen has built something very special here. While we understand his desire to move on to his next challenge, the enduring success of our recorded music division will serve as a great testament to the progress we've made during Lyor's time at WMG. We are grateful for Lyor's contributions, and we wish him the best. I'm confident that given the strength of our talented management team in Recorded Music, we'll be able to drive further success."
Warner Music senior label executives will report directly to Cooper following Cohen's exit at the end of the month.