Philip Ginthör has been named CEO of Sony Music Entertainment GSA (Germany, Switzerland and Austria), succeeding Edgar Berger, who was officially named CEO and Chairman of Sony Music International earlier today.
Ginthör, 36, will report to Berger and assumes his new post effective immediately. He was previously General Manager of Sony Music Austria in Vienna, a post he has held since 2009.
"Philip has years of experience in successful artist development, with the strategic extension of our business model, and possesses invaluable expertise in the entertainment industry," Berger said in a statement. "He will continue to advance our growth in the region together with the teams in Germany, Switzerland and Austria."
"I thank Edgar for his great trust in me," Ginthör said, "and I am very much looking forward to my new, broadened assignment and the challenges it will bring. I am sure that Sony Music in Germany, Switzerland and Austria with its great local and international artists and its teams is well placed to generate a steady stream of talent and actively expand and refine our business model."
Before assuming his general manager post at Sony Music Austria, Ginthör was head of the Progressive department at Sony BMG in Munich, concentrating on the development of new artists. He added the Sony BMG Columbia Germany repertoire division to his responsibilities in 2006 and additionally, in 2007, Four Music in Berlin. In 2002 he was named Director of Corporate Development at BMG in New York and also worked in the A&R Department of J Records. He first joined Bertelsmann AG in 2000.
After studying law in Vienna and at Harvard, Philip began his media career in 1997 with Condé Nast Verlag.