UPDATE: Late Friday more changes at EMI Latin took place when news broke that Camilo Lara, chairman of EMI Mexico, left his post. Lara had been named chairman in 2008 and also oversaw A&R for the region. Lara is also a DJ, producer and recording artist who helms the electronic project Mexican Institute of Sound, released under indie Nacional Records. No information was available on who will replace Lara at EMI.
Following last year's management shakeup at the EMI Group, the company's Latin division has announced changes at its executive level.
Sergio Lopes, the longtime VP of digital and new channel development at EMI Music Latin America, has been promoted to the dual role of Senior VP for Capitol Latin and regional marketing for Latin America, effective immediately. Lopes is a veteran executive who was also an early advocate for a digital market in the Latin music space and who negotiated multiple agreements for EMI with companies such as Sony Ericsson and Nokia and with digital retailers like Tarabu in Mexico and Sonora Terra in Brazil.
A native of Brazil who has been at EMI since 2003, Lopes had previously worked with Sony Music and also with Ogilvy Advertising, which gave him a broad perspective on sponsorships and branding.
As senior VP of Capitol Latin, Lopes will be in charge of EMI Music's U.S. Latin Operations, taking over the role vacated earlier this week by Diana Rodríguez.
Rodríguez took over the post of Senior VP for Capitol Latin in February of 2010, becoming the first and only woman to lead a Latin label in the United States. Rodriguez stepped into the position at a time when the label had lost market share over the preceding two years and had frayed artist relations. During her 12 months in the senior post, Rodriguez did much to repair those relations and also signed several key new acts, including Joey Montana and Vicente Garcia as well as veteran regional Mexican singer Diana Reyes. Rodríguez, who was based in Los Angeles, has not announced future plans.
Lopes will remain based in Miami, reporting to Nestor Casonu, CEO of EMI Latin America. Casonú, who previously headed EMI's Latin publishing division, was promoted to his new post in September and now oversees the company's entire operation for U.S. Latin and Latin America.