Sanctuary Records Group (SRG) has named former Sony Music Europe executive Frank Stroebele to a new role overseeing continental European operations.

Sanctuary Records Group (SRG) has named former Sony Music Europe executive Frank Stroebele to a new role overseeing continental European operations.

As Continental Europe president, Stroebele takes charge of SRG's existing Berlin-based operation. He is tasked with developing the group's further expansion, with particular focus on Eastern Europe.

He also aims to boost the company's profile in Europe. "For a lot of people, Sanctuary is about catalog and metal," he says. "It's much more than that, as we've shown with the success of Gary Jules. That leaves a lot of margin for growth."

In a related move, Stroebele will bring his artist-management firm Eye Sound Management into the Sanctuary fold through what he describes as a "cooperation deal." Sanctuary Artist Management will now develop and manage Eye Sound's stable of acts worldwide.

Stroebele returned to his native Germany in 2002 to set up Eye Sound after a four-year stint in London as VP marketing for Epic at Sony Music Europe. Prior to joining Sony, he was marketing and promotion director at Universal Music in Germany and head of international at Roadrunner Records in the Netherlands.

"Frank brings with him a wealth of international experience in the music industry as we look to further increase our presence in Continental Europe," says Joe Cokell, CEO of SRG U.K. and Europe, to whom he reports. "He will add to the strength of the existing team we have in Berlin, which has recently had considerable success with acts including Kelly Osbourne and Gary Jules."

Sanctuary's management clients include Beyoncé, Jane's Addiction, Iron Maiden, Manic Street Preachers, Guns N' Roses, Robert Plant, and the Who.

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