Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted John Pires to executive vice president, global business development in charge of expanding the publisher’s presence internationally. In his new role, Pires will oversee emerging and current biz/dev opportunities across various departments and he’ll organize global initiatives related to investments, acquisitions and signings.
Pires, most recently svp of business development, is based in the company’s Los Angeles office and reports directly to Sony/ATV Chairman and CEO Jon Platt. “John has been instrumental in creating opportunities for Sony/ATV’s songwriters and expanding our business worldwide,” said Platt. “I’m pleased to recognize his many contributions as a leader with this well-deserved promotion, and I look forward to working with him on a variety of new ventures.”
Pires joined Sony/ATV in 2007 as vp, business development when the company acquired Viacom’s Famous Music, and added senior to his name plate three years later. In 2011, he was part of the team that acquired EMI Music Publishing and was involved in all areas of the $2.3 billion transaction.
Pires began his music industry career in 1991 in the A&R department of Imago Records, but quickly pivoted to publishing as US creative advisor to BMG’s German affiliate office. After BMG, he moved on to roles at MCA Music Publishing and Viacom’s Famous Music.
“I am proud to have been part of the Sony/ATV team for the past 13 years and all that we have achieved throughout this time, including becoming the world’s leading music publishing company,” Pires said. “I am excited to continue this journey under Jon’s leadership as we strive to be the destination for the world’s best songwriters.”