President of international, Warner Recorded Music

Promoted last summer to president of international at Warner Recorded Music, Stu Bergen presides over the company’s operations in continental Europe, Canada, the Asia Pacific region, Latin America and licensee territories, while also leading strategy across emerging markets including Africa, Russia and India. “We are about acting as one global organization to break, develop and support our acts,” says Bergen, whose remit includes overseeing global marketing campaigns behind all priority releases. He credits the 2013 integration of Parlophone Label Group with strengthening Warner’s front-line roster, bolstering operations in many key European markets and "adding more world-class executive talent.” Last year’s acquisition of Russia’s Gala Records and the launch of Warner Music South Africa (following a buyout of Gallo Records’ share of the joint venture Warner Music Gallo Africa) widened WMG’s global footprint. “Our main goal remains to continue to develop artists on the global stage,” says Bergen, who joined Warner Music Group in 2006 and formerly served as executive VP of international and head of global marketing. “We’ll continue to build and evolve our global operations to achieve this.” —Richard Smirke