Dopp takes chair at Warner Music Int'l


HAMBURG, Germany -- Warner Music International has promoted Bernd Dopp to chairman and CEO of Warner Music Central and Eastern Europe.

At the same time, Manfred Lappe, president of Warner Music Eastern Europe and COO of Warner Music Germany/Switzerland/Austria, has retired after 33 years of company service, WMI said Friday.

Dopp, who joined Warner Music Germany as a product manager at WEA in 1984, has served as chairman and CEO of Warner Music G/S/A since 2004. His responsibility for WMI's business in the three countries is to be extended to include the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, including licensees in Eastern Europe.

Dopp will continue to run the business from Hamburg, reporting to London-based John Reid, WMI vice chairman Music, content and marketing.

"By unifying the leadership of the region, we aim to maximize existing and emerging revenue streams as well as more fully integrate our approaches to the marketing of our acts along with the important discovery of talent in the region," Reid said. "Bernd's passion for music, his visionary leadership and commitment to innovation mean he is well placed to propel our ongoing transformation."