As anticipated, former Decca Music Group president Costa Pilavachi has been tapped to helm EMI Classics. The appointment, announced today by EMI (May 31), was tipped in Billboard.biz.

As anticipated, former Decca Music Group president Costa Pilavachi has been tapped to helm EMI Classics. The appointment, announced today by EMI (May 31), was tipped in Billboard.biz.

As president of EMI Classics globally, Pilavachi will succeed Richard Lyttelton, who is retiring at the end of July.

Pilavachi was replaced at EMI Classics earlier this year by Deutsche Grammophon executive Bogdan Roscic. In his new role, which he will take up later this year, Pilavachi will report to Alain Levy and David Munns, EMI Music's chairman and vice-chairman respectively.

"Costa has been a tough competitor, but is a good friend and a very well respected industry figure," comments the outgoing Lyttelton in a statement. "I am confident that this great label will be in good hands going forward and I would like to wish him and all our artists and staff in EMI Classics and Virgin Classics every success for the future."

Lyttelton joined EMI as a management trainee in 1969. From 1976, he held a number of roles within EMI Music, including director of international operations for EMI Records U.K. and managing director of EMI's businesses in Canada, South Africa and Finland. He was elevated to president of EMI Classics in 1988.

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