Sony announces executive shuffle

Changes span several divisions in many regions

Sony Music Entertainment has reshuffled a number of executives across several divisions in the company.

Lawrie has been named president of Europe for Sony Music Entertainment, effective Sept. 1. In his new role, Lawrie will oversee European territories (excluding the U.K. and Ireland) and the company's operations in Africa. He will be based in London and report to Sanders. Lawrie currently serves as president of the Latin region at Sony Music Entertainment.

Afo Verde has been named president of the Latin region for Sony Music Entertainment, effective Sept. 1. In his new role, Verde will oversee the company's operations across Latin music, responsible for recordings in South American, Central America, the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. He will be based in Buenos Aires and Miami, and report to Richard Sanders, president of International at Sony Music Entertainment. Since 2005, Verde has served as president of Sony Music SUR (Argentina, Chile).

Alan Newham has been named executive vp international at Sony Music Entertainment. In his new position, Newham will work with the European business units to help establish the company's goals in that region. Additionally, he will work to expand the Sony Music's non-traditional business in Europe. He will be based in London and report to Kevin Lawrie, president of Europe for Sony Music Entertainment. Most recently, Newham served as senior vp strategy at Sony Music International.

Richard Story has been appointed to president of Sony Music Entertainment's Commercial Music Group. In this position, Story will oversee Legacy Recordings, international catalog marketing, strategic and custom marketing, film and television licensing, the CMG commercial sales and digital marketing teams, and Sony Music's archives. He will be based in New York and report to Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment. Previously, Story was COO of continental Europe and Africa.
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