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EMI appoints chief executive of recorded music

EMI is delighted to announce the appointment of Elio Leoni-Sceti as Chief Executive of its recorded music division, EMI Music.

Mr Leoni-Sceti joins from Reckitt Benckiser, the FTSE30 consumer brand company, where he has been Executive Vice President, Europe. His stellar 16 year career with Reckitt Benckiser has seen him lead some outstanding brand successes and business turnarounds in the United States and across Europe. Under Elio’s tenure as Global Head of Category (2001-05), the company strengthened its recognised leadership in product innovation and global branding, while creating a new culture of integrated media and communication. In the last two years, as Head of Europe, Elio accelerated business growth in Europe, and built a stronger competitive position for its major brands.

Guy Hands said:

“I am delighted that Elio is joining as Chief Executive of EMI Music to lead the most exciting business transformation in the music industry. His career achievements and outstanding leadership qualities are ideally suited to ensuring that EMI is a successful business. Elio has the passion, drive and belief in the future of the music industry to realise the ambitions we all have for EMI. Having completed the organisational restructuring at the end of June and finalised 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. With Elio’s arrival as Chief Executive, I will be stepping back to become Non Executive Chairman of EMI. I would like to thank all our artists, staff and business partners for their continuing support and hard work to effect the changes underway and the positive results being achieved.”

Elio Leoni-Sceti said:

“This is a hugely exciting time for the music business and for EMI. EMI is the world’s longest established music company operating in over 40 markets globally with a roster of some of the most successful artists in the world. They range from long established names such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Queen and The Beach Boys to contemporary singers such as Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen and Norah Jones. Its current successes include Coldplay and Katy Perry topping both the UK and US charts. The potential that can be realised in this industry is massive, music consumption is growing more than ever across the world and I cannot wait to get started and to working with EMI’s artists and employees.”

For further information:

Amanda Conroy
020 7795 7529

Neil Bennett
020 7379 5151

Notes to editors:

Mr Leoni-Sceti, 42, was born and educated in Rome and started his career in 1988 as a brand manager at Procter & Gamble before moving to Reckitt Benckiser in 1992 as a category manager. For the last seven years, he has been an Executive Vice President at Reckitt Benckiser and a key player in the growth of the company. From 2001 to 2005, he was Head of Category Development, leading the company’s innovation, product pipeline, global marketing and media and, since 2005, he has been Reckitt Benckiser’s Head of Europe, a £3 billion business which has seen outstanding levels of growth under his leadership. He is married with four children.

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