John “Espo” Esposito, Warner Music Nashville Chairman Emeritus, steps down from his role at the label effective today (April 19) to happily embrace retirement.
Esposito sent out an email to the Warner team letting everyone know he was stepping down as Chairman Emeritus, a role he assumed at the beginning of 2023.
The email reads:
Dear Warner Music Nashville Family,
It’s that time of year when I head off to Nantucket to relax and reflect.
This summer though, it will be reflecting on my next adventures, as I am stepping down as the Chairman Emeritus of Warner Music Nashville today.
I’m so proud of what you’re all achieving as a team. I will always be the biggest champion of this team and the artists we signed and developed together.
See you in the fall.
When Esposito’s move to Chairman Emeritus was announced, Warner Recorded Music CEO Max Lousada said, “Under Espo’s brilliant guidance over the past 13 years, our Nashville team has built superstar careers, attracted original new voices, innovated in the digital world, and championed the creative community.”
Last month, Esposito was named the new Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer Research.
In June of 2022, music industry veterans Ben Kline and Cris Lacy were announced as successors to the beloved Esposito, who remained Chairman & CEO through the end of the year.
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