<A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000581731">As first tipped here last month</A>, Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) has implemented executive c

As first tipped here last month, Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) has implemented executive changes at the top of the organization.

CCE has combined its international and North American music operations, naming Michael Rapino as president of global music. Rapino, who was chairman of European music, will oversee CCE's day-to-day worldwide music operation. He reports to former CCE Music co-CEO Don Law, who is now chairman of global music.

Additionally, CCE has promoted Thomas Johansson from CEO to chairman of European music, reporting to Rapino.

The company is currently negotiating with CCE Music CEO Dave Lucas to become chairman of North American music. He now reports to Rapino.

Earlier, Miles Wilkin was named COO of CCE, second in command to chairman/CEO Brian Becker. Wilkin will assume administrative and operational responsibility for the company.

Law and Lucas have run CCE's music division since April 2002, when they replaced ousted co-CEOs Irv Zuckerman and Rodney Eckerman.

Wilkin's tenure with Becker dates back to their days as executives at PACE in Houston in the 1980s. Founded by Becker's father, Allen, PACE was acquired by SFX in 1998, which in turn was bought by Clear Channel Communications two years later.

Under Rapino's direction, CCE's European concert business has not experienced the downturns seen in North America.