NBC executive Andrew Lack has been named chairman/CEO of Sony Music Entertainment. Lack -- who has been president/COO of the television network since June 2001 and served as president of NBC News prio

NBC executive Andrew Lack has been named chairman/CEO of Sony Music Entertainment. Lack -- who has been president/COO of the television network since June 2001 and served as president of NBC News prior to that -- will join Sony early next month. He will be based in New York, reporting to Howard Stringer, chairman/CEO of Sony Corp. of America.

"We are delighted that Andy will join Sony and lead our music company," Stringer said in a statement. "He is the most rare of senior entertainment executives, equally adept at business, management, strategy and value creation, as well as a consummate and proven developer of content, talent, and ideas. His skills and energy will be of enormous value as we move to transform our music business in this most challenging time for that industry."

Prior to working at NBC, Lack spent many years at CBS, where Stringer was a top executive. Lack replaces Thomas D. Mottola, who stepped down yesterday (Jan. 9) as Sony chief and is planning to launch a new label.