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GONZALES RETURNS TO WARNER CHAPPELL

A&R exec Shani Gonzales is returning to Warner Chappell Music, this time as Head of International, Executive Vice President of U.S., A&R. Based in New York, she will report to WCM Co-Chair & CEO Guy Moot.

In her new role, Gonzales will develop collaborations between the company’s global A&R teams, foster the crossover of songwriters into new markets, and promote the company’s international culture to prospective WCM artists. She will also work closely with Ryan Press, WCM President, A&R, U.S., and his team to bring new songwriters to Warner Chappell.

“As music increasingly crosses international borders, the appointment of Shani to this newly minted role will further our long-term strategy of expanding global opportunities for our songwriters,” Moot said. “Shani has signed and developed some of the most important and successful songwriters of our generation, and her extraordinary ability to connect creatives around the world will make her an invaluable asset as we continue to strengthen our global team.”

Part of the company’s A&R team from 2004 to 2008, Gonzales was most recently Co-Head of A&R at BMG U.S. and U.K., following stints at Epic Records and Def Jam. Among artists Gonzales has signed and developed are Travis Scott, Justin Bieber, DJ Khaled, Bibi Bourelly, Poo Bear and Nate Cyphert.

“Shani’s one of the most talented and well-respected A&R people in the business,” Press said. “She’s fiercely devoted to seeing her songwriters’ careers thrive, and I’m looking forward to working closely with her to create unique and impactful opportunities for our U.S. roster abroad.”

Gonzales will also be working with the Atlantic Records A&R team.

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