NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — For once, the rumor mill seems to have been accurate as Variety is reporting that longtime Warner/Chappell Music Publishing boss Jon Platt has been officially named as the successor to Sony/ATV’s Martin Bandier when he exits the company early next year.
In an internal memo obtained by Variety, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida writes: “Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to inform you that Jon Platt will be taking the helm of Sony/ATV, reporting to me, when Marty Bandier leaves at the end of his contract in March 2019.”
Per Variety, the memo goes on to lavish praise on Bandier for his long tenure at the head of what has been the world’s dominant music publishing company.
“I speak on behalf of Sony when I say what an honor it has been to have had the opportunity to work with someone as talented as Marty. His business acumen is admired across the music industry and his charming personality is loved by both artists and colleagues. It has been my pleasure to watch him lead Sony/ATV to new heights, and I want to personally thank him for his commitment and leadership here at Sony. As part of my management team, Marty will continue his expert guidance of Sony/ATV through the end of the current fiscal year,” Yoshida in the memo.
Platt, a veteran in the world of music publishing, and has led Warner/Chappell since 2011. He announced plans to depart from the publisher earlier this month.
Prior to Warner/Chappell, Platt spent 17 years at BMI, where he worked under Bandier for much of that time. Bandier has served as Chairman and CEO at Sony/ATV since 2007.