EMI has declined to comment on a published report which claims the music major has poached a key new recorded music executive in the form of Elio Leoni Sceti, a marketing specialist at consumer products firm Reckitt Benckiser.

According to the Sunday Times report, EMI's chairman Guy Hands is currently in the process of making the hire.

The 42-year-old Italian joined Benckiser in 1992, where he has worked his way up the ladder with stints as GM of its German and Italian affiliates, as senior VP of North American Household and as executive VP category development.

The former Procter & Gamble executive was promoted by Benckiser to executive VP, Europe in July 2006.

All eyes are on EMI as the company enters the final straight of its radical restructuring. A spokesman recently confirmed to Billboard.biz that the overhaul was "on plan" and that the new organization would be "fully up and running by the end of June."

As part of his re-engineering of EMI's recorded music division, Hands told staff in January that between 1,500 and 2,000 positions would be made redundant.