CEO tapped at EMI Music; Hands down


London — Guy Hands has added the final touches to his sweeping restructuring of EMI with the appointment Monday of Elio Leoni-Sceti to the helm of its recorded music division.

Hands will step aside from his chairmanship of EMI into a nonexecutive function.

Leoni-Sceti, a senior manager with household cleaning products firm Reckitt Benckiser, has joined the music major as CEO of EMI Music.

"This is a hugely exciting time for the music business and for EMI," the Italian executive said Monday. "The potential that can be realized in this industry is massive. Music consumption is growing more than ever across the world, and I cannot wait to get started and to (begin) working with EMI's artists and employees."

It was unclear when he will start in his new role.

Leoni-Sceti was recruited by Benckiser in 1992 and worked his way up the ladder with stints as GM of its German and Italian affiliates, as senior vp North American household and as executive vp category development. The former Procter & Gamble executive was promoted by Benckiser to executive vp, Europe, in July 2006.

Said Hands, "Having completed the organizational restructuring at the end of June and finalized our strategic work, Elio joins at the right time to shape, drive and lead EMI to become the world's most artist-focused and consumer-friendly music company."

Hands has been in charge of the day-to-day running of EMI since summer 2007. (partialdiff)