Edgar Berger to Leave Sony Music International

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Edgar Berger, Chairman and CEO, International, Sony Music Entertainment, attends a press conference hosted by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in central London on April 12, 2016.

Edgar Berger, president and CEO of Sony Music International since 2011, will be leaving the company "to pursue new entrepreneurial interests," according to an internal memo from Sony Music CEO Doug Morris. No replacement has been named. 

"Edgar has played an important role in growing our business around the world," Morris note reads. "He has helped drive strategic business initiatives and innovation across the globe. We want to thank Edgar for his many contributions to Sony Music over the years, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors."  

Berger was appointed to the position of president of SonyBMG Germany in 2005 by then-CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, moving to the position of CEO himself in 2006. In 2009 he assumed management responsibility for Sony's subsidiaries in Austria and Switzerland. Berger also serves on the board of the German Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI). He began his career in 1992 at the German consulting company Roland Berger & Partner, after which he was a political TV journalist with television station RTL between 1994 and 2000. In the years from 2000 to 2005, Berger held various management positions at BertelsmannAG and was in charge of global business development.

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