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Updated on June 27, 2022 1:18 am

Warner Music Group boss Steve Cooper is formally stepping down in 2023. The seek for his successor has begun.


Steve Cooper, the CEO of Warner Music Group, has formally introduced he’s stepping down from the management place.

Cooper received’t be going anyplace for a while but, although.

The US-based govt has advised employees in an electronic mail at the moment (June 22), first reported by the Wall Road Journal, that he has instructed the WMG board to start a seek for his successor.

This course of is anticipated to be full within the second half of 2023 (subsequent yr).

MBW understands that Cooper will stay as CEO of Warner Music Group till his successor has been discovered and employed.

(Replace: This has now been confirmed by a Warner SEC submitting, which reads: “Mr. Cooper has served as CEO since 2011, and can proceed to function CEO and director till his substitute is appointed.”)

A candidate to interchange Cooper may come from inside or exterior of Warner Music Group, stated Cooper’s electronic mail.

Cooper joined WMG in 2011 following the corporate’s $3.3bn acquisition by Entry Industries.

Entry, run by Len Blavatnik, continues to be the bulk proprietor of Warner Music Group, following the music firm’s flotation on the NASDAQ inventory alternate in June 2020.

In Warner Music Group’s newest full fiscal yr – to the top of September 2021 – the corporate turned over $5.301 billion, up 15% YoY at fixed forex.

The yr after Cooper took cost of the music firm, in fiscal 2012 (the 12 months to finish of September 2012), it generated $2.780 billion.

So as phrases: WMG’s revenues have nearly doubled throughout Cooper’s 11-year run as CEO.


Cooper’s largest bets as a CEO embrace WMG’s GBP £487 million acquisition of Parlophone Label Group in 2013.

He’s additionally been head of Warner Music Group for different main nine-figure acquisitions together with Spinnin’ (2017), EMP (2018), and 300 Leisure (2021).

Newer worldwide strikes embrace Warner’s acquisitions of distribution/providers firms Qanawat (EMEA) and Africori (Sub Saharan Africa). 

Cooper is the longest-running CEO within the historical past of WMG.

Previous to becoming a member of Warner in 2011, Cooper served as Vice Chairman and member of the workplace of Chief Govt Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. and Chief Govt Officer of Hawaiian Telcom, amongst different roles.

A company turnaround specialist, he additionally spent spells as CEO at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and as CEO and Restructuring Chief of Enron Corp.


In a Music Enterprise Worldwide interview from 2016, Cooper was requested if he’s extra of a businessman or a music man, to which he replied: “I’ve enormous respect for those that have devoted their total careers to the music enterprise, however that’s not what I’ve accomplished. I’ve three guidelines which have served me nicely, in enterprise and in life.

“First, have enjoyable, as a result of this isn’t a gown rehearsal. Second, no assholes. That’s in direct correlation to level one. Third, deal with folks pretty and count on to be handled pretty in return.

“So, I’ve utilized these right here. Proper from the beginning, I knew higher than to get entangled within the inventive choices.

“Now we have plenty of actually proficient folks, and I by no means second guess them. I simply wish to create an atmosphere the place they will do their greatest work.”Music Enterprise Worldwide

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