LONDON (Hypebot) – UPDATED: An unconfirmed source told Hypebot that, Roger Ames is out as head of EMI North America. He will be replaced by record producer Billy Mann. (see Mann bio). Industry veteran Ames has only been at the helm of EMI since late April of this year. The future of Jason Flomm and other EMI executives is unknown.
Just last week Mann was named to EMI's Investor Advisory Board along with airport executive Mike Casper. Today Pat O’Driscoll, the former Chief Executive of Northern Foods was also added to the board. Rumors of a shake-up at the top of EMI have been circulating for weeks with Mann near the top of most lists.
UPDATE: EMI spokesperson Jeanne Meyer responds: "Billy Mann’s role is a non-executive one — he is working alongside EMI as a creative advisor and has been appointed to the EMI Investor Board. There have been no changes to the roles of Roger Ames, who is head of EMI Music North America, or Jason Flom, who is chairman and CEO of Capitol Music Group."