Warner/Chappell Music Names Strang New CEO
New West Records founder Cameron Strang has been named CEO of WMG's Warner/Chappell Music replacing David Johnson. Warner/Chappell has also acquired Strang's Southside Independent Music Publishing which was behind two of the songs nominated for the 2011 "Record of the Year" Grammy Award- B.o.B.'s "Nothin' on You" and Cee Lo Green's "F*** You."Other recent hit songs on Southside include: Bruno Mars' "Grenade" (currently No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart) and "Just the Way You Are" which spent four weeks at No. , K'Naan's "Wavin' Flag", Brad Paisley's #1 "American Saturday Night" and Uncle Kracker's multi-format hit, "Smile."
Current CEO Johnson will continue as Warner/Chappell's Chairman until July at which point Strang will add that title as well. Johnson, who had served as WMG's Executive Vice President and General Counsel since 1999, was initially elevated to serve as interim CEO of Warner/Chappell in 2006, and was subsequently promoted to Warner/Chappell's Chairman & CEO in 2007.