Warner Bros. Records’ evp of A&R Jeff Fenster is exiting the label following a company investigation into a former employee’s allegations of sexual misconduct, a source tells Billboard.
His departure comes as RCA’s outgoing president/COO Tom Corson prepares to start as WBR’s co-chairman/COO in January; Interscope’s president of A&R, Aaron Bay-Schuck, will replace Cameron Strang as WBR’s CEO, and will co-chair the label, later next year.
Warner Music Group declined to comment but said in a statement last week that the company was “grateful to a former Warner Bros. Records employee for coming forward to raise these concerns with us.” Without naming accused executives, the statement that it had “appointed an independent investigator to conduct a thorough, in-depth investigation, as a consequence of which we are taking the appropriate disciplinary actions. The findings have also helped us identify areas where we can improve the enforcement of our policies and bolster our efforts to maintain a safe, respectful, and professional environment for all of our employees.”
The woman made her allegations in a letter to the company after departing the label. WMG fired a top Swedish executive following allegations of sexual misconduct several weeks ago.