Guillermo Gonzalez has been named president of Warner Music Iberia, effective immediately.
González, who previously held the role of GM for the label, will report to to Iñigo Zabala, president Warner Music Latin America and Iberia. He succeeds José Carlos “Charlie” Sanchez who is stepping down after 13 years in the role to work on other music-related projects.
Warner Music Iberia, which includes Spain and Portugal, is home to a robust roster that includes superstars like Pablo Alborán, Rosana, Vanessa Martín and Bunbury, who are also renowned in the U.S. Latin and Latin American markets.
“I’m happy to be taking this position at such an exciting time for our industry. Charlie’s been a great mentor to me and I’m determined to build on our team’s success and help our artists reach new heights,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “Spain and Portugal both have dynamic, diverse music scenes, populated by passionate fans, and now more than ever, we’ve an opportunity to build global careers for our homegrown stars.”
“I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together at Warner Music Iberia,” added Sanchez. “We’ve nurtured the careers of performers from a wide range of genres and helped them create music that’s touched the hearts of millions. I’ve no doubt Guillermo will grow this momentum.”
Gonzalez started his career as a songwriter, holds a bachelors degree in history, ancient history and archaeology, and joined Warner Music Iberia in 2008 as business development director after serving marketing and management roles at Toyota España. He subsequently became marketing and business development director, before being appointed GM in January 2019.
“Guillermo is a hugely talented executive, with an instinctive understanding of artists’ creativity and an entrepreneurial approach to business. He was the natural choice to take over this important leadership role,” said Zabala, who is based in Miami.
“I also want to thank Charlie for his years of service, during which he’s been the driving force behind our many successes across Iberia,” added Zabala. “I wish him well in his next adventures.”