Warner Music International (WMI) is creating a new European structure, which regroups the major's operations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GSA).

Warner Music International (WMI) is creating a new European structure, which regroups the major's operations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GSA).

Warner Music Germany president Bernd Dopp has been appointed chairman/CEO of the new WMI GSA structure, with immediate effect. He will be based in Hamburg and reports to London-based WMI chairman/CEO Paul-Rene Albertini.

Dopp will oversee all marketing, A&R, legal and business affairs as well as Warner Chappell Publishing's units in GSA.

Based in Vienna, Austria, Manfred Lappe has been named COO of WMI GSA. He will continue in his current role as president of Warner Music Eastern Europe.

Lappe reports to Dopp on GSA matters. As COO, Lappe will be in charge of operational functions including finance, and IT.

"WMI GSA, closely linked with Eastern Europe, will create a very large market platform, providing a competitive advantage for global repertoire exploitation. It will also integrate instantly into the recently enlarged EU," said Albertini in a statement.

Albertini added: "This new organization enables us to draw upon Bernd's well-known expertise in bringing music to consumers, and Manfred's long track record engineering effective business models into difficult marketplaces."

Dopp has been president of Warner Music Germany since 2001 while Lappe has been president of Warner Music Eastern Europe since 1997.

These appointments take place as part of the overall Warner Music Group reorganization. Sources say Albertini will announce additional changes in the weeks to come.

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