Warner/Chappell Names Guy Moot, Carianne Marshall as Co-Chairs

Warner/Chappell Music Publishing has announced the appointment of two new co-chairs in a widely expected decision. The former executive of Sony ATV Music Publishing, Guy Moot, has been appointed as co-chair and CEO, while Carianne Marshall, who was previously the COO, has been promoted to co-chair in the reshuffle. The announcement was shared with the company in an internal memo obtained by Variety. Moot will be replacing Jon Platt, who announced in September that he would be taking up the top spot at Sony/ATV, while the current CEO, Martin Bandier, is set to leave in March when his contract expires.

Both Moot and Marshall will report directly to Warner Music chief Steve Cooper. Marshall previously served as a partner at SONGS Music Publishing before it was acquired by Kobalt. In the new tandem arrangement, Moot will split his time between London and Los Angeles, while Marshall will be based in the downtown Los Angeles office.

The internal memo obtained by Variety described the executive duo as “unlike any other in music publishing.” The memo says Moot and Marshall’s complementary executive talents will be “passionate advocates for the value of music and proponents of new technology.”

“They bring beautifully complementary talents and experiences to the Warner/Chappell culture – with Guy’s visionary A&R strength backed by outstanding global operational expertise, and Carianne’s entrepreneurial business savvy coupled with impeccable creative instincts.”

The appointment of Moot and Marshall has been met with optimism, though shared leadership roles are often tricky business. The two will have to work together closely to ensure that the company is moving in the right direction. However, with their complementary skills and experiences, they may be able to create a powerful partnership that could drive the growth of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing.

Moot has had a successful 30-year career in the music industry, having signed or worked closely with several famous artists and bands including Amy Winehouse, Ed Sheeran, Mark Ronson and more. He is widely respected throughout the industry for his ability to discover and develop talent. Moot’s appointment as co-chair and CEO is seen as a major coup for Warner/Chappell Music Publishing.

Marshall, on the other hand, has a background in business and law. She has also worked as a songwriter and producer. Marshall’s entrepreneurial spirit and creative instincts will be invaluable in her new role as co-chair. She has a reputation for being a savvy businesswoman with a knack for spotting new opportunities.

The appointment of Moot and Marshall comes at a time when the music industry is undergoing significant changes. The rise of streaming services has disrupted the traditional business model, and publishers are looking for new ways to monetize their catalogs. Moot and Marshall will be tasked with navigating this new landscape, finding new revenue streams, and protecting the value of music in a rapidly changing world.

In conclusion, the appointment of Guy Moot and Carianne Marshall as co-chairs of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing is a significant development in the music industry. Their complementary skills and experiences make them an ideal partnership to lead the company forward in a time of great change. Moot’s experience in discovering and developing talent, combined with Marshall’s business acumen and creative instincts, could prove to be a powerful combination. The music industry will be watching closely to see what they can achieve together.