Hipgnosis Songs Fund appoints industry veteran as executive vice-president

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Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited (LON:SONG) has announced the appointment of lawyer and music industry veteran Richard Rowe as executive vice-president.

Rowe began his career at CBS Records in 1979 as a lawyer in its Business Affairs Department before eventually becoming the president of Sony ATV Music Publishing from 1991 to 2005.

While there, Rowe made the deal with Michael Jackson that led to Sony ATV Music Publishing’s acquisition of The Beatles’ catalogue. He also made the acquisition of Acuff-Rose Music, which included the catalogues of Roy Orbison and The Everly Brothers.

After leaving Sony, he co-founded Round Hill Music in 2010.

Merck Mercuriadis, the founder of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, described Rowe as “one of the most important and successful executives in the music industry”.

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