EMI Music Continental Europe chairman/CEO Jean-Francois Cecillon today confirmed the new management structure for EMI Music Italy.

EMI Music Continental Europe chairman/CEO Jean-Francois Cecillon today confirmed the new management structure for EMI Music Italy. The changes follow the abrupt departure of the affiliate's president/CEO Riccardo Clary. Clary officially left the company last Friday, (July 30) although he last reported for duty at its Milan's premises the prior Monday.

As previously reported, Clary is succeeded by company veteran, Beppe Ciaraldi, who assumes the role of EMI Italy managing director, with immediate effect. Ciaraldi, who reports to Cecillon, will maintain his position as GM of Capitol Music.

Meanwhile, A&R VP Fabrizio Giannini, who joined EMI under Clary in 2001, adds the title of deputy managing director. He reports to Ciaraldi, as do Virgin Music GM Giampietro Paravella, EMI marketing director Patrizio Romano, EMI Music Italy CFO Valerie Beneteau, EMI Music Italy business affairs and human resources VP Per Luigi Raimondi Cominesi, and EMI Music Italy VP commercial Maurizio Pontillo.

In a statement Cecillon describes Ciaraldi as "a very strong and loyal player" and Giannini as "one of Italy's best A&R people. He and Beppe have a great relationship and together will be a very effective and reliable management team," says Cecillon.

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