POWER MOVE: Appointed CEO of Warner/Chappell two years ago, he’s now overseeing Warner Bros. and Rhino.
THE RUNDOWN: Cameron Strang’s entrepreneurial spirit was originally meant to give Warner/Chappell Music a jolt. Now he’s added recorded music to his résumé at Warner Music Group as well.
Strang, who became CEO of Warner/Chappell Music in January 2011 after WMG acquired his Southside Independent Music Publishing, now oversees all of WMG’s U.S. West Coast operations. When WMG was restructured in November, Strang was given additional duties overseeing Rhino Entertainment and, a month later, he replaced outgoing Warner Bros. president/CEO Todd Moscowitz.
“When I hired Cameron, I was confident that he would bring renewed entrepreneurial energy to Warner Music Group’s publishing business,” says Edgar Bronfman Jr., former WMG chairman/CEO and current board member. “Since then, he has not only revitalized Warner/Chappell, but also has demonstrated leadership and insight as a board director, and brought his deep understanding of the business to Warner Bros. Records and Rhino.”
Recognized as ASCAP music publisher of the year in 2012, Warner/Chappell checked off several accomplishments last year, topping Billboard’s Publisher Airplay and Country Airplay charts in the second quarter. Strang has also attracted new executive talent, most notably luring EMI’s Jon Platt (No. 82).
Looking forward, Strang faces numerous tasks: finding more talented artists, songwriters and executives; integrating staffers within two divisions of the same company; and building a more forward-thinking firm. He’s optimistic: “To me, the challenges are the opportunities.”
Cameron Strang photo by Joseph Llanes