BREAKING: Warner Music Nashville COO Matt Signore To Step Down End Of 2020

Matt Signore

Warner Music Nashville Chief Operating Officer Matt Signore will be leaving the company at the end of 2020, according to an internal memo sent by WMN Chairman/CEO John Esposito today (June 30).

Signore spent 15 years at Warner Music Nashville, and had been appointed COO in 2017. Signore joined Warner’s WEA in 2005 as Chief Financial Officer, and then later became General Manager. He became President of WEA in 2013. Prior to his WEA tenure, Signore served as CFO and General Manager of Island Def Jam, and before that he spent time at Island Records.

A well loved executive both company-wide and throughout the music business community, Signore has been an invaluable member of the WMG family. He helped reorganize the company and serves as a key player in the label group’s success.

Esposito shared, “I’ve had the great fortune of counting Matt as a trusted friend and colleague for over 25 years, going back to our days together at PolyGram and IDJ. Besides being one of the greatest execs in our business, Matt is one of the greatest human beings I’ve ever known. A generous and open soul, he’s a mentor and confidante to a generation of people trying to navigate their way through this crazy life. Matt’s dedication and expertise have also been felt by the wider industry, including serving as Board Chairman of Music Biz and being a passionate supporter and Board Director of Porter’s Call, the Nashville-based artists’ counseling service.”

Read Esposito’s full memo below:

Hi everyone,

I’m writing to share the news that Matt Signore will be leaving the company at the end of December.

As many of you know, Matt has been an invaluable member of the WMG family for 15 years, including serving as President of WEA before joining us as our COO in Nashville nearly four years ago. Since then, Matt has helped us reorganize the company and has been a key player in a new era of success. As with every post he’s had throughout his career, Matt is leaving us in better shape than he found us.

I’ve had the great fortune of counting Matt as a trusted friend and colleague for over 25 years, going back to our days together at PolyGram and IDJ. Besides being one of the greatest execs in our business, Matt is one of the greatest human beings I’ve ever known. A generous and open soul, he’s a mentor and confidante to a generation of people trying to navigate their way through this crazy life. Matt’s dedication and expertise have also been felt by the wider industry, including serving as Board Chairman of Music Biz and being a passionate supporter and Board Director of Porter’s Call, the Nashville-based artists’ counseling service.

Matt will be with us through the end of the year to help with the transition, including local oversight of the renovation of our historic Music Row building. Even in the midst of this upside-down world we’re all living in at the moment, we’ll find a way to properly toast Matt and celebrate all that he’s shared with us over the years!

In the meantime, please join me in thanking Matt for his amazing service to our company and our artists.

Espo

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