Warner Music Group (WMG) announced the promotion of Kris Ahrend to the position of Senior Vice President, Recorded Music Rights Administration. In his new post, Ahrend will oversee a newly established division encompassing U.S. Artist Royalties, Publishing Royalties and Licensing, Master Licensing, Rights Administration, and Catalog Legal Affairs. Based in Los Angeles, he will report to Matt Flott, CFO, Recorded Music, WMG. Ahrend was most recently Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for the Rhino Entertainment division of WMG.
In making the announcement, Matt Flott said, “By uniting Kris’s expertise with these complementary departments, we are creating a single interdisciplinary team that will be able to address the administrative and rights-related needs of our U.S. business units efficiently and effectively. Since joining the WMG family nearly eight years ago, Kris has demonstrated the legal savvy, leadership skills, and commercial vision that make him ideally suited to lead this effort. I congratulate him on this well-deserved promotion.”