WMG shakes up Nashville


Warner Music Group (WMG) has reorganized its Nashville operations, naming John Esposito President of Warner Music Nashville. He’ll oversee Warner Bros. Nashville, Word Entertainment and the re-launched Atlantic Nashville.

Since 2002 Esposito has served as President and then President & CEO of WEA Corp., the sales and marketing division of WMG. Exec. VP/COO Mike Jbara has been promoted to President and CEO of WEA Corp. as Espositio heads to the new post. Bill Bennett, who had been Exec. VP and GM of Warner Bros. Nashville exits.

“This is a dream come true for me. I have long been involved with and have loved the artistry, creativity and wonderful vibe of Nashville. I look forward to enhancing Warner Music’s business there by building upon Warner Bros.’ and Word’s great accomplishments while also working to establish Atlantic as a powerful and artist-friendly destination in the Nashville community,” said Esposito.

RBR/TVBR observation: It should certainly be interesting to see how the former GM of The Island Def Jam Music Group adapts to Nashville – or how Nashville adapts to him.