Warner Music Group Corp. (Nasdaq: WMG) has announced the appointment of Bryan Castellani as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective from October 16.
Castellani, a seasoned media and financial executive, brings over two decades of experience from The Walt Disney Company, where he most recently served as the CFO for Disney Entertainment & ESPN. He will be based in New York and will report directly to WMG’s CEO, Robert Kyncl. Castellani will take over the position from WMG’s long-time CFO, Eric Levin, who will remain to ensure a smooth transition until his retirement in January.
Robert Kyncl, CEO of WMG, expressed his confidence in Castellani. Kyncl also extended his appreciation to Eric Levin, who has served WMG for nearly a decade during a period of remarkable growth that included global expansion, significant acquisitions, and a successful IPO. Levin’s contributions were acknowledged with respect and best wishes for his future endeavors.
Bryan Castellani expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “I’m delighted to be joining WMG at such an exciting and pivotal time for the company and the music industry. Music is a powerful global force, unconstrained by any specific model or format, and has significant business upside. Robert’s vision for differentiating WMG is inspiring, and I’m looking forward to working with the leadership and finance teams to take the company to the next level in a rapidly evolving landscape.”
Before taking on the role of CFO for Disney Entertainment & ESPN, Castellani served as EVP of Finance for Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution (DMED), where he led the finance function for the segment, including platform distribution, advertising sales, and network businesses. He also served as EVP & CFO of ESPN, overseeing financial planning, strategy, and real estate functions, and played a significant role in programming, affiliate relationships, and new business initiatives. Castellani’s career at The Walt Disney Company also included roles such as SVP of Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis, SVP of Operations, Business Planning & Strategy for ABC News, VP & CFO of The Walt Disney Company Japan, and Head of Finance & Planning for Disney Consumer Products Japan.
Prior to joining The Walt Disney Company, Castellani worked in international finance at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from the University of Rochester, graduating magna cum laude.
Warner Music Group operates across more than 70 countries with a rich heritage spanning over 200 years. WMG is a global leader that brings together artists, songwriters, and entrepreneurs shaping entertainment culture worldwide.
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