Fabrizio Giannini, deputy managing director of EMI Music Italy and GM of the company's music division, has resigned, with effect from June 30.

Giannini, who moved to EMI from Warner Music Italy in 2001, is one of Italy's leading A&R men. At Warner he helped launch the careers of Ligabue and Laura Pausini, while his main contribution at EMI was the signing of Tiziano Ferro.

In a statement, Giannini says: "After the summer I plan to set up a company that will offer artists creative, managerial and recording consultancy."

Giannini, a 27-year industry veteran, adds: "The recording industry has been my life, but it is changing radically. There is no longer a dialog with the artists. It is merely a digital relationship, while music thrives on emotion and passion. Artists need a closer relationship, but this has become impossible for labels."

EMI Italy has not announced any plans to replace Giannini.