He is known to artists such as
Jon Platt, a music-publishing veteran of
The news is a coup for Cameron Strang, chief executive of Warner/Chappell. The publisher had spent months recruiting Platt, who announced in June that he was leaving EMI after 17 years with the British music publisher. Speculation raged over the summer as to whether Platt would join Strang or opt to rejoin his former mentor, Martin Bandier, at
An imposing figure, Platt has physically and metaphorically towered over rival executives. Over the years, he's signed publishing deals with
"Jon's character, his leadership skills and his ability to identify, sign and nurture talent combine to make him one of the top executives in the music business," Strang said in a statement.
Since joining Warner/Chappell in 2010, Strang has pursued a two-prong strategy to add to the company's catalog and sign emerging talent. Warner's stature in the music-publishing business is increasingly viewed as critical to providing a stable, high-margin revenue stream at a time when recorded music sales have eroded.
In July, Strang spearheaded a deal to acquire the copyrights of film scores from hundreds of Miramax movies, including
Platt's addition fulfills the second part of Warner's strategy to add new talent, which is seen as a vital step to growing the company's revenue.