Warner Music Group is now undergoing a series of staffing changes, including a number of shifts within new media.
Over the weekend, sources pointed a larger layoff process that will affect hundreds of employees. Alongside those changes, the label is aiming to bolster its digital team, a difficult task according to insiders. Already, a number of changes are happening within the new media unit, considered a front-runner among the big labels. According to multiple sources, including those within the label group, Atlantic Senior Vice President of New Media Nikke Slight has quietly exited her post. And longtime digital executive Robin Bechtel, head of new media at Warner Brothers Records, is now preparing to leave the building. “Her bags are packed,” said one insider.
That leaves a sizable void, though the shoes will be filled by Jack Isquith, currently Executive Director of Music Industry Relations at AOL Music and the AOL Radio Network. Isquith, who has played a prominent role within a number of AOL Music properties, will report directly to Warner Bros. Records chairman and chief executive Tom Whalley. “Tom needs a superstar in the seat,” explained one executive close to the matter. Regarding the departures of Slight and Bechtel, the circumstances are a bit unclear, though the duo may be exiting in response to larger downturns. “Will I even have a job, or is this going to be a business, those kinds of considerations,” summed one source.