A seismic shift is taking place in the top ranks of Warner/Chappell Music. Richard Blackstone is to move from his post as chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music to assume a new role as senior advisor to Edgar Bronfman, Jr., chairman and CEO of parent company Warner Music Group.

In his new position, Blackstone will focus on music publishing matters related to strategic acquisitions, international licensing initiatives and global expansion. He assumes his new duties with effect from Jan. 3, 2007.

Prior to joining WMG in 2005, Blackstone was president of Zomba Music Publishing.

"Richard has been an important part of our team," said Bronfman in a statement issued today (Dec. 13). "In the time that he's been here, he's laid the groundwork for renewed growth at Warner/Chappell, implementing the unit's restructuring program, making strategic investments to drive long-term growth, signing artists and forming innovative new publishing ventures."

At the same time, David H. Johnson, WMG executive VP and general counsel, will fill the void as Warner/Chappell CEO on an interim basis, until a permanent successor to Blackstone is hired.

Paul Robinson, WMG's senior VP and deputy general counsel, will serve as acting general counsel for WMG during the transition period.