Warner Music Group has confirmed the departure of Piotr Kabaj as president of Warner Music Eastern Europe. Billboard reported on Kabaj's pending exit earlier this month when the major label announced Kinga Siennicka's appointment as managing director of Warner Music Poland, a market which had been under Kabaj's purview.
Kabaj's music industry career spans nearly 30 years, beginning with his cofounding of the Pomaton label in 1990. That company later was scooped up by EMI, then sold to WMG as part of the Parlophone divestment process following EMI's breakup. At that point, Kabaj took on the role of president of Warner Music Poland and Eastern Europe.
"Piotr has led the building of a great business over nearly 30 years and our thanks and respect go with him as he moves on to new opportunities," said Alfonso Perez-Soto, WMG's evp for Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "He's helped build the careers of so many people, including Kinga, and leaves behind a very strong team. For that we, and they, are truly grateful."
Added Kabaj: "After almost 30 years of leading the music market changes, it's my time for new challenges, including my doctorate about the music industry in the digital era. Thank you WMG for the last six years. Special thanks to all Polish artists with whom I had the privilege to work; thanks to your great music, the company was one of the best in Poland."
Local artists signed to Warner Music Poland include Sylwia Grzeszczak, Mela Koteluk and Mary Komasa.