Warner Music Asia Pacific president Lachie Rutherford confirms that Warner Music China managing director Zorro Xu will be leaving the company "by the end of March."

Warner Music Asia Pacific president Lachie Rutherford confirms that Warner Music China managing director Zorro Xu will be leaving the company "by the end of March."

"He's been with us for three years and he's done a great job," says Rutherford of Beijing-based Xu. "He's been a trailblazer."

Rutherford says Xu's replacement will be announced soon.

In September 2000, Warner Music International became the first major label to set up a full-scale record company in mainland China, by establishing WMC as a joint-venture with state-owned China National Culture and Arts. Prior to the establishment of WMC, Xu looked after Warner's business in mainland China through Warner Music Hong Kong.

Rutherford says that Xu will continue in the Chinese independent-music field after he leaves WMC, "but we plan to keep working with him."