Botwin Signs On As Columbia Chairman

Greenberg appointment imminent.

As expected, Will Botwin has been named chairman of Columbia Records Group. He had served as president since 2002. In his new capacity, he will determine the overall direction of the group and will continue to report to Don Ienner, president/CEO of Sony Music Label Group U.S.

"This newly expanded role will make even greater use of Will's many talents and his proven abilities as a leader," Ienner says in a statement, "and I look forward to continuing to work with him as we write the next chapter in the label’s long and successful history."

Botwin has climbed Columbia’s corporate ladder since starting with the company as senior VP in 1996. He was promoted in 1998 to executive VP/GM of CRG, a post he held until he was named president. The role of CRG chairman had been unfilled since Ienner’s promotion to his current title.

Prior to joining Columbia, Botwin owned Side One Management, whose clients included Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Steve Earle and Los Lobos.

On Wednesday, Columbia is expected to officially announce the arrival of Steve Greenberg, former founder/chairman of S-Curve Records, as Columbia Records president.