Brian Roberts to Move from WMG to ASCAP

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Former Warner Music Group executive Brian Roberts will join ASCAP as executive vp and COO on March 30. Roberts, who will report to ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews, spent most of his time at WMG as CFO, but he most recently had been WMG's executive vp of corporate strategy and operations.

In his new position, Roberts' will be responsible for the PROs' royalty payment system and will oversee the organization's worldwide infrastructure including distribution and repertory, information systems, facilities and the economist's Office.

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Matthews pointed out that Roberts experience will serve ASCAP well: "ASCAP is embarking upon a new era of technology and transformation in order to continue to provide first in class services at the lowest possible cost to all of our members and licensing partners," Matthews said in a statement. "Brian's extensive experience in the music sector and his impressive accomplishments in leading innovative infrastructure changes to support new strategic initiatives make him the perfect candidate to run ASCAP's operations today."

Roberts joined WMG as the senior vp/CFO of Warner/Chappell Music before becoming CFO of the parent company in January 2012. During the latter job, he was involved in the acquisition and integration of the Parlophone Label Group, as well as three debt refinancings. Before joining WMG, Roberts was svp, Finance & Administration, North & South America for BMG Music Publishing; and previously had worked at Zomba Music Publishing, EMI Publishing and Ernst & Young.

"ASCAP is an innovative organization focused on strategic data initiatives that will make a difference to the lives of music creators and licensees worldwide," Roberts said in a statement. "I believe that ASCAP is at the center of driving core change in the music industry which will benefit songwriters, composers, music publishers, licensees and music fans alike."


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