Warner Music Group Hires Chief Information Officer, Adds New Data Role

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Warner Music Group is shaking up its technology and data areas with the hiring of media and music veterans Ralph Munsen and Vinnie Freda to Chief Information Officer and Chief Data Officer, respectively. Both will be reporting directly to CEO Steve Cooper.

WMG said Munsen's responsibilities as CIO will include developing solutions -- and the systems and platforms to implement them -- that serve both the creative and commercial needs of WMG’s divisions, artists, and business partners. Munsen comes to the label after holding various senior roles at Accenture, EMI Music, Clear Channel/ iHeartMedia, Hachette Book Group and most recently, the media investment firm GroupM.

As CDO (a newly created post at WMG), Freda will zero in on strategy for data management throughout the label group. He was most recently president and COO of INgrooves Music Group, which followed more than two decades spent in various exec roles at MCA and Universal Music Group.

"The establishment of these two interdependent senior management posts reflects the importance of providing advanced tech solutions and comprehensive, user-friendly data to our teams across the globe," said Cooper in a statement. "Ralph and Vinnie both bring decades of deep experience and a forward-thinking, agile approach, which makes them ideally suited to WMG. Together, they will spearhead our efforts to deploy innovative technological tools while ensuring that data, accompanied by our instincts and expertise, is at the heart of our decision-making and best-in-class services for artists and songwriters."