Sony Music Names Daniel Lieberberg President for Europe, Africa as Philip Ginthör Steps Down
There’s a changing of the guard at Sony Music in Europe, where Philip Ginthör, CEO of its Germany, Switzerland and Austria operations, steps down after nearly two decades with the company, and Daniel Lieberberg is tapped for a broad international leadership role.
Former Universal Music executive Lieberberg joins Sony Music as president, Continental Europe and Africa, a role that sees him tasked with overseeing the music major’s operations across the two regions, with the exception of Spain and Portugal.
Prior to joining Sony Music, Lieberberg oversaw Universal Music Germany’s domestic business in Berlin, including the Vertigo/Capitol & Polydor/Island labels. He joined Universal in 2002, was appointed head of the Vertigo label in 2008, and named to the Universal Music Germany management board in 2011.
“Daniel is one of the most outstanding creative and futuristic executives in Europe, and I am very happy that he will now lead a group of territories that contribute significantly to our global business,” comments Rob Stringer, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment, to whom he reports.
Under Lieberberg's guidance, various local and international artists were signed directly to Universal's German company, from Lana Del Rey to Volbeat, Unheilig, Andreas Bourani and Felix Jaehn, among others. “Not only does revolutionary music technology come from some of these countries," adds Stringer, "but the adage ‘hits can come from anywhere’ has never been truer, and Daniel is uniquely capable of building on this momentum for our company.”
Lieberberg remains based in the German capital where his duties include breaking artists and driving Sony Music’s strategic business initiatives across the territories within his remit.
Meanwhile, Ginthör departs after 18 years with the music giant and a total of six years in his most recent job. In a memo to employees -- seen by Billboard -- Ginthör said he was "ready for a change" and paid his respects to his colleagues. “It was a great honor for me to experience and help shape this,” he wrote. “I feel deep joy and gratitude, and a sustained sense of inspiration at having worked with all of you – our artists, creative minds and partners. I will gratefully take this energy along with me on my further journey.”
Ginthör was named CEO of Sony Music Entertainment GSA (Germany, Switzerland and Austria) in 2011, succeeding Edgar Berger, who left the company last year. Previously, Ginthör served as General Manager of Sony Music Austria in Vienna, a post held since 2009. He first joined Bertelsmann AG in 2000.