Emmanuel De Buretel Appointed Chairman & Ceo Of EMI Recorded Music Continental Europe
Emmanuel de Buretel has been appointed chairman and CEO of EMI Recorded Music Continental Europe which includes the company's operations in Africa and the Middle East. Reporting to Alain Levy, chairman and CEO of EMI Recorded Music worldwide, de Buretel's appointment is effective immediately.
de Buretel has been overseeing all of EMI's recorded music companies across Europe for the last few months, but under the ongoing strategic review instigated by Levy and vice chairman David Munns since they joined EMI last October, the UK and continental Europe will now operate as two separate, but closely coordinated, regional divisions.
Levy said: "EMI is lucky to have in Emmanuel one of the most talented music men in the business. His most recent work on Manu Chao, Daft Punk and Air show without a doubt his feel for music with a worldwide reach. Emmanuel will continue to strengthen the company's network of labels across Continental Europe."
de Buretel said: "I am very happy to keep on working with EMI, Virgin and Labels artists and people. I look forward to teaming up with Alain Levy, David Munns and Tony Wadsworth."
de Buretel was appointed president and CEO of EMI Recorded Music Europe in July 2001. He was previously president of Virgin Continental Europe, a position he held for three years during which time he focussed on strengthening the continental European roster of Virgin, which led Manu Chao (France), Daft Punk (France), Air (France), Lene Marlin (Norway), Jarabe de Palo (Spain), Eliades Ochoa (Cuba/Spain), Axelle Red (Belgium) and Liquido (Germany) to international attention.
Under his supervision, a European network of Labels companies was set up to nurture modern independent music across the continent, including the launch of the independent label, Source (Turin Brakes) in the UK as well as a recent long term strategic relationship with Mute. From 1993 to 1998 he ran Virgin France, during this time, the company's market share doubled to over 13% due to successes from artists including Daft Punk, Stardust, Sergent Garcia, Air, Phoenix, Doc Gyneco, Manu Chao, Les Nubians, Cheb Mami, Francoise Hardy and Henri Salvador.
de Buretel first joined Virgin in 1986 as head of music publishing in France, a position he continued to hold in 1990 when he also established Delabel, the very first French hip hop label, for Virgin. He began his career in the music industry while still a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the early 1980s by promoting concerts by artists including The Cure and U2.