After a decade in the role, Sony Music France president Stéphane Le Tavernier has left the company, effective immediately.
Staff at the label learned of the exec’s exit in an internal memo from Daniel Lieberberg, Sony Music Entertainment’s president of Continental Europe and Africa, sent Monday. Music Business Worldwide was first to report the news.
“I’m writing to let you know that Stéphane Le Tavernier has decided to step down as Managing Director of Sony Music France with immediate effect,” Lieberberg told staff in an email obtained by Billboard.
“We are grateful for his leadership over the last 10 years,” Lieberberg continued, praising Le Tavernier as “a widely respected executive with a history of many successes in the market” and thanking him for his “many contributions to Sony Music France.”
Billboard understands that while Le Tavernier’s sudden departure came as a surprise to most label staff, he left the company on amicable terms.
Lieberberg and the senior executive team will now oversee leadership of Sony Music France’s business and strategy until Le Tavernier’s successor is announced.
“I’m looking forward to working alongside all of you as we strengthen our partnerships with creators and commence this next exciting chapter for the company,” continued Lieberberg. He signed off by wishing Le Tavernier “all the best for his future endeavors.”
Paris-based Le Tavernier was promoted to the role of Sony Music France president in March 2010 following three years as managing director/executive vp music and sales.
The exec, who began his career in advertising, has also held senior management roles at Zomba Records France and BMG, and oversaw the coming together of Jive and Epic in France, which followed the merger of Sony and BMG in 2004.