We are excited to announce the promotion of Roberto Neri to Executive Vice President, U.K. and Head of European Business Development for our parent company, Downtown Music Holdings. In this dual role, Roberto will lead broader acquisition and expansion opportunities in the region while continuing to represent Downtown Music Publishing’s interest in the U.K. and maintain our relationships with collective management organizations.
In the past two years, Roberto has led signings with numerous high-profile songwriters and producers, including Saltwives — the British writer-producer duo behind global hits like “Remind Me To Forget” by Kygo featuring Miguel and Zayn's “Dusk Till Dawn” featuring Sia.
He also led our acquisition of Salli Isaak Music including the works of U.K. hitmaker Jimmy Napes, a longtime collaborator of Sam Smith who recently co-wrote his massive global hit "Dancing With a Stranger" featuring Normani, as well as singer and songwriter Paloma Faith. He also drove our partnership with Faber Music, home to songs from the celebrated musical Cats.
Roberto joined the company in 2015 through our acquisition of Eagle-i Music. He represents Downtown as an authority on copyright and is an elected board director at PRS for Music, PPLPRS Ltd, and the Music Publishers Association — and has also been instrumental in the development and implementation of our multi-territory licensing strategy.
Congratulations to Roberto from all of us at Downtown.
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