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WCM'S FULL COURT PRESS

Ryan Press is moving up at Warner Chappell Music to President, North America. He will have direct oversight of WCM’s North American business and help drive overall strategy.

In addition, he will remain the publisher’s A&R lead for the U.S., excluding Nashville and Miami, and continue to report to WCM's Co-Chairs, CEO Guy Moot and COO Carianne Marshall.

Vivian Barclay, Managing Director, Canada, will report directly to Press.

“A master connector and dealmaker, Ryan has continued to grow as an exceptional leader and executive, and it’s been incredible to see his progression at Warner Chappell,” Moot and Marshall said. “He’s built a powerhouse U.S. A&R department and an award-winning roster while becoming a highly regarded mentor to both our songwriters and staff. Ryan’s also been an invaluable partner to us and instrumental in Warner Chappell’s transformation. We’re very proud to have him broaden his scope to help guide our business in the U.S. and Canada.”

Press has led Warner Chappell’s U.S. A&R efforts since 2019. In the past two years, he and his team have signed and extended deals with Summer Walker, Cardi B, Jhené Aiko, Saweetie, Anderson .Paak, Greta Van Fleet and many others. He’s also secured joint ventures with, among others, LVRN, Eardrummers and Lost + Found.

Press began his career with Warner Chappell in 2009 as Senior Director, A&R, before being promoted to Vice President, A&R, followed by Co-Head, A&R, U.S., and then, President, A&R, U.S.

“Taking on this new role is a huge challenge that I've been working towards since day one,” Press said. “I’m blessed to get to work alongside Guy and Carianne every single day. I also want to thank the inspiring leaders and mentors who prepared me personally to get to this moment and those who came before me and opened the doors for people who look like me to achieve our dreams.”

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