Is Rob Stringer about to make a major hire in Europe?
That’s the whisper on the lips of multiple EU sources we’ve spoken to in recent days, who say that respected A&R-leaning exec Daniel Lieberberg is set to take up a high-ranking position for Sony Music in the region.
Berlin-based Lieberberg (pictured) previously worked at Universal Music Group for 16 years.
MBW reported in October that the executive was leaving UMG, having successfully run the major’s Vertigo / Capitol (VEC) and Polydor / Iceland (PIL) labels in Germany.
Lieberberg, son of renowned concert promoter Marek Lieberberg, previously held the role of SVP of Digital Music at Universal Music Germany.
We hear he is likely to join Sony in the new year.
Sony’s ex-US/UK structure has been re-calibrated by Rob Stringer in 2017, following the departure of the major’s International CEO/Chairman, London-based Edgar Berger, back in January.
In May, Stringer confirmed to Sony Corp investors that he had effectively dismantled the old hierarchy of Sony’s international headquarters in London.
Daniel Lieberberg’s rumored move to Sony comes six months after the departure of Adam Granite, who left behind his role as the company’s President, Northern & Eastern Europe and Africa in June.
London-based Granite joined Universal in July as EVP, Market Development.
Meanwhile, it is understood that another key Stringer hire – SONGS Music Publishing President Ron Perry – will officially join Sony’s Columbia Records in New York as its new boss in early 2018.Music Business Worldwide