Warner Music Group Promotes Stu Bergen, Mike Jbara
The Warner Music Group is making a change in the reporting structure for one part of the company, while moving another veteran executive into a new top infrastructure position.
Stu Bergen, WMG's International Recorded Music president, who also oversees global marketing, the Alternative Distribution Alliance, and Classics, will now also oversee WEA Corp. In another move, Mike Jbara, who had been president of ADA, is assuming the newly-created position of executive vp of WMG technology & business processes. The moves were made to compensate for the departure of Brian Roberts, executive vp of strategy and operations, who is expected to show up elsewhere in the industry in a senior slot shortly.
Previously, WEA president Matt Signore had reported to Roberts, but now he reports to Bergen. In a memo to staffers obtained by Billboard.biz, WMG CEO Steve Cooper said, "Stu and Matt's partnership will help us concentrate our global firepower and make fast, ambitious moves to break new artists and build worldwide careers."
In his new role, Jbara, who will continue to oversee ADA until a successor is named, will report directly to Cooper.
Jbara's new "responsibilities will include developing solutions, systems, and procedures that serve the creative and commercial needs of our employees, artists, and business partners," Cooper said in the memo. "Mike's two decades of operational experience at WMG, his engineering background, and his love of music all make him the ideal choice to lead our technological evolution and strengthen our global infrastructure."