Bennett To Exit Warner

Bennett-EspitoIt’s unofficial and unconfirmed, but MusicRow has learned that Exec. VP/GM Warner Bros. Records Nashville Bill Bennett is exiting the label. Bennett moved to the Nashville division in Sept. 2004 after previously heading the Geffen and Maverick record labels. During his watch he saw success with Big & Rich, Blake Shelton, The Wreckers, James Otto and more.

It is believed, but also unconfirmed that Bennett’s successor will be New York-based President/CEO of WEA, Corp.—Warner Music Group’s U.S. sales and retail marketing company—John Esposito. In New York Esposito oversaw sales, marketing activities and distribution. He also oversaw global management and distribution of WMG’s digital assets, the E-Commerce department, and mobile and online business for WMG’s U.S. labels.

It is not known if the transition will result in additional restructuring among staff and/or artist roster.

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