Former Universal Music executive Marcelo Castello Branco has taken charge at EMI Music Brazil as managing director, effective April 2.

Castello Branco, whose career spans 20 years in the music industry, was most recently the Madrid-based president of Universal Music Spain and Portugal (2003-2006). Before that, he was regional chairman for Universal Music Group Southern Cone (2001-2003), overseeing the company's labels in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia.

His return to the industry sees Castello Branco move to Rio de Janeiro to take up the new post. He reports to EMI Music International chairman/CEO Jean-Francois Cecillon, whose responsibilities include EMI Latin America.

Castello Branco will be joined in Rio by EMI Music Portugal A&R director Paulo Junquiero, who takes up a similarly-titled post at EMI Music Brazil. Junquiero had been with the Portuguese company since 1998. Previously, he had been A&R director at Warner Music Brazil, where he also produced Gilberto Gil's 1998 Grammy-award-winning album "Quanta Live." He reports to Castello Branco in his new role.

In a statement, Cecillon said: "I am extremely happy to have Marcelo lead our Brazilian company. He is respected in the Latin American and Iberian creative community, and has particularly deep roots in his native Brazil. With regards to Paulo, I have experienced first-hand how talented he is as a producer."

Castello Branco said: "I look forward to working with J-F and returning to Brazil. I am pleased to take on this challenge in one of the world's greatest music markets."

Both Castello Branco and Junquiero will work closely with Manolo Diaz, who, as previously reported, assumed responsibility for creative and operational assignments at EMI Music International today. Diaz retired last week as Madrid-based president of EMI Music Iberia, and will now be based in Miami. When he was appointed, Diaz's first assignment was identified by Cecillon as overseeing EMI Latin America's regional office and EMI Music Brazil ( March 19).

EMI Brazil had been supervised on a temporary basis by EMI Latin America president/CEO Marco Bissi since the Brazilian affiliate's president Marcos Maynard departed in November 2006. Maynard exited in the wake of a one-off accounting fraud which had previously seen the departure of the Brazilian company's head of finance Amaury Bonato.

Bissi himself left EMI in March this year as part of the company's on-going global restructuring.