BMG U.K. president of repertoire and marketing Alexi Cory-Smith is leaving after nearly seven years with the company.
Music Business Worldwide reports Cory-Smith sent out an internal memo to her colleagues on Tuesday (Dec. 19) announcing her decision to move on. She said she plans to possibly take a year off to travel in South America.
“I have been at BMG for seven years – seven years which have been some of the happiest of my career and, indeed, my life,” the note reportedly read. “You are an incredible team, and this is a wonderful company, and I am so proud of what we have built and achieved including an ambition to be the best in the business to do business with; and I leave here absolutely convinced that we have achieved as much.”
Cory-Smith joined BGM in 2011, rising through the ranks as SVP of BMG Chrysalis U.K. before taking on an EVP role in 2013. In January this year, she was promoted to the BMG U.K. president, repertoire and marketing position and in May landed on Billboard‘s International Power Players list.
As she noted in her memo, she has had some great successes over the years there.
In 2013, she helped sign Mick Jagger and Keith Richards‘ post-ABKCO/EMI publishing rights. Over her tenure, she has overseen acquisitions of labels Infectious Music, Loaded Records and Ram Records, among others, as well as the BBC Worldwide music catalog.
“In my time we have signed so many great artists and song-writers including Bring Me The Horizon, Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders; Liam Howlett and The Prodigy, Steve Mac, Wayne Hector, Jamiroquai, Giggs, The National, Robbie Williams and The Rolling Stones – Messrs Jagger and Richards, specifically – twice,” she wrote. “It is time for me to start a new chapter and achieve other ambitions of mine including, possibly, a gap year (never too late for a gap year) in South America, and the Presidency of Argentina; and I wish you all nothing less than the very, very best.”