EMI Latin top exec exits


MIAMI -- Marco Bissi, who since 2003 was president and CEO of EMI Latin American, supervising both Latin American and U.S. Latin operations, has left the company. Bissi's departure is part of EMI's ongoing restructuring.

Simone Bose, currently GM of EMI Music Spain has been promoted to managing director of EMI Music Iberia, supervising EMI's operations in Spain and Portugal, reporting directly to Jean-Francois Cecillon, chairman/CEO of EMI Music International.

At the same time, Cecillon has appointed Manolo Diaz, president/CEO of EMI Music Iberia, to a new role as special advisor in the international division. Diaz's first assignment will be to oversee EMI's Latin American regional office and EMI Music Brazil, following Bissi's departure. Diaz will relocate to Miami and take up his new post April 1. Bose will also assume his new position April 1.

The changes at EMI do not affect the post of Rodolfo Lopez-Negrete, president of EMI Televisa, the joint venture launched between EMI and Mexican media giant Televisa in 2005. Lopez-Negrete will continue to head EMI Televisa in the United States and Televisa EMI in Mexico. For his EMI responsibilities, he reports directly to Cecillon.

EMI Latin America's managing directors will also now report directly to Cecillon. They include Camilo Lara, GM and A&R for EMI Mexico, Camilo Kejner, MD EMI Music Argentina and Chile, and Alvaro Rizo, managing director, EMI Music Colombia.

All will work closely with Diaz, an industry veteran with a lengthy and respected track record in the region whose past posts include chairman of Universal Music Latin America.

Bissi, another music industry veteran, had been appointed to his EMI post in 2003, following his tenure as president of Universal Music Mexico. In a statement, Cecillon thanked Bissi for his "creative contribution to the Latin region."

EMI's signings under Bissi's tenure included RBD, Juan Luis Guerra, Belinda and Fonseca.

Bissi's departure from EMI follows the departure earlier this month of his head of finance, Jorge Melendez.