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Hank Forsyth Named EVP, Strategy and Business Development for Warner Chappell Music


Accomplished music and media executive Hank Forsyth has joined Warner Chappell Music (WCM) as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development. In this role, Forsyth will develop and execute strategic initiatives to drive results for the publisher’s growing roster of songwriters and its iconic catalog. Based in New York, Forsyth will report to WCM Co-Chair & CEO Guy Moot and Co-Chair and COO Carianne Marshall.

“Hank comes to Warner Chappell with deep experience across the publishing, label, and biz dev spaces,” said Moot and Marshall. “He’s a passionate music fan and an outstanding strategic thinker whose diverse knowledge and business savvy will be invaluable as we bring the inspirational work of our songwriters to multiple platforms across the globe with integrity and ingenuity. We’ve embarked on an exciting new era in Warner Chappell history, and we’re very happy to welcome Hank into the fold.”

“I’m thrilled to join the Warner Chappell team,” said Forsyth. “Global opportunities for songwriters have never been greater, and the forward-thinking, creative, service-oriented culture that Guy and Carianne are nurturing makes this an incredible place to be. I look forward to working with the team globally to help build long-term careers for songwriters and deliver dynamic results for the entire catalog.”

Forsyth was most recently COO & CFO of Blackbird Production Partners, a global media and content company, where he will remain an advisor. Prior to Blackbird, he was SVP/GM of Blue Note Records, playing a central role in revitalizing the legendary label in partnership with its President, Don Was. He previously spent almost ten years with EMI Group and EMI Music Publishing, where his roles included SVP, Strategy & Analysis. Forsyth began his career as an equity analyst at Salomon Brothers and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in New York and London. He holds an MBA degree from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from Trinity College.

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