Stu Bergen has been promoted to CEO, international and global commercial services for Warner Music Group (WMG).
In this new role, Bergen is responsible for overseeing WMG’s international recorded music operations outside the U.S. and U.K.; the music major’s global marketing team; WEA and ADA (WMG’s artist and label services divisions); and Warner Classics.
Bergen’s new post, which brings together oversight of international affiliates with responsibility for the music company's global marketing and distribution function, is reward for playing a vital role in expanding WMG’s global footprint in recent years.
“Stu’s promotion recognizes his leadership in helping focus our global firepower on breaking artists and building careers, ” said WMG CEO Steve Cooper, to whom he reports. “Drawing on his deep understanding of the worldwide marketplace, he has fostered a dynamic, innovative environment that is driving both unprecedented local success and outstanding global performance. I join everyone at WMG in congratulating Stu on this well-deserved appointment.”
Bergen adds, “In the era when technology has removed musical barriers between nations and cultures, success can come from anywhere and translate everywhere. It is critical that we draw on the full worldwide strength of our organization to cultivate hit music and superstar artists, as well as generate groundbreaking business models and creative marketing strategies.”
The exec, a member of WMG’s senior management team, has served as president, Warner Recorded Music since 2013 and this year celebrated his tenth anniversary with WMG. He’s based at the company’s headquarters in New York.
Bergen is considered a key player in the integration of Parlophone Label Group into WMG, and has overseen strategic acquisitions such as Gold Typhoon in China, Polskie Nagrania in Poland, and Gala Records in Russia as well as the buy-out of Gallo Records’ share of a joint venture with Warner Music in South Africa.