PARIS, France (CelebrityAccess) — On Wednesday, Warner Music announced the promotion of longtime senior exec Alain Veille to the post of President of Warner Music France.
Veille, who currently serves as Managing Director, Digital and Export Director, will assume his new duties on January 1st and report to Stu Bergen, Warner Music’s CEO, International and Global Commercial Services.
He began his label career at Sony Music France in 1993, focusing on special marketing projects. His c.v. also includes roles at Universal, where he oversaw marketing, including television.
He joined WMG in 2001 when he was appointed Managing Director of WEA France as the company began its transition from a traditional physical distrubution operation to a full services organization.
Veille will succeed respected label veteran Thierry Chassagne, who announced that after 35 years in the business, he plans to retire.
“Thierry is a legendary music man who has made deep and long-lasting contributions not only to our company, but to the fabric of the French music industry during a period of unprecedented transformation in the business. He’s also been a true friend to me over the years, as well as a mentor to generations of rising talent within the business. He never forgets that this is a people business and always takes the time to get to know everyone personally. Three years ago, I had the privilege of being in Paris when Thierry was made a Knight of the National Order of Merit by the President of France – a richly deserved honor for an incomparable music lover and brilliant leader. I wish him a long and healthy retirement,” said WMG’s Stu Bergen.