Hiroshi Inagaki will exit as chairman of Warner Music Japan (WMJ) when his contract expires at the end of February.

Hiroshi Inagaki will exit as chairman of Warner Music Japan (WMJ) when his contract expires at the end of February.

Warner Music Asia Pacific president Lachie Rutherford, who is based in Hong Kong, will serve as acting chairman of WMJ until a permanent replacement is found. The company will be run on a day-to-day basis by president Takashi Yoshida, who joined WMJ in 2002 after 18 years at Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) (SMEJ).

Inagaki, who joined WMJ in 1998 after 28 years at SMEJ/CBS, tells Bulletin he is looking for new opportunities in the music business.