Blair Schooff exited yesterday (Feb. 28) as executive director of AOL Music U.K. A company spokesperson says the firm has no immediate plans to replace him.
Schooff joined AOL Music in 2002 to coordinate strategies for its music services and channels. He was recruited from BMG Europe, where he was head of business development for new media.
Sources at AOL U.K. say he is planning to launch a new venture.
During his two-year tenure, Schooff helped AOL clinch an exclusive agreement to be the U.K. launch partner of Apple Computer’s iTunes Music Store. He also helped seal an exclusive online media partnership for the 2004 Reading Festival, which is promoted by the Mean Fiddler Music Group. The latter deal included exclusive “intimate” live recording sessions by Franz Ferdinand, Morrissey and the Libertines.
AOL U.K. says it attracts more than 1 million unique visitors to its music service each month.