Warner Music Nashville’s chief operating officer Matt Signore will be leaving the company at the end of the year, according to an internal memo sent by WMN chairman/CEO John Esposito today (June 30) that was obtained by Billboard.
Signore has spent 15 years at the Warner Music Group in different capacities, and had been COO at Warner Nashville since January 2017. He first joined the major from Island Def Jam in 2005, as chief financial officer of Warner’s artist and label services division WEA. He eventually was elevated to president of WEA, a post he held until moving to Nashville three and a half years ago.
“Besides being one of the greatest execs in our business, Matt is one of the greatest human beings I’ve ever known,” Esposito wrote in his memo, which can be read below in full. “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.”
Signore will stay on through the rest of the year to assist the transition, Esposito noted, and oversee the renovation Warner Nashville’s offices on Music Row. No successor has been named.
Read Esposito’s note below.
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.