Pico Cibelli named president of Warner Music Italy as Marco Alboni steps down as chairman and CEO after 9+ years

Pico Cibelli has been named as the new president of Warner Music Italy.

He succeeds Marco Alboni, who is stepping down as chairman and CEO of Warner Music Italy after more than nine years and previously headed EMI Music Italy, which was acquired by Warner Music Group in 2013.

Cibelli will report to Simon Robson, President, International, Recorded Music, Warner Music Group.

He joins from Sony Music Italy, where he has worked for more than a decade in A&R and developed the company’s national artists to the forefront.

Cibelli started in the music industry in 1996, working as Dance A&R and TV Marketing Product Manager for dance and house label Dig It International.

He left Dig It International to join independent distribution company Self Distribution, applying his skills in label management, TV and radio promotion to his roster.

He joined Universal Music Italy in 2000 and worked as A&R manager there for over 10 years, signing and working with the likes of Club Dogo, Eiffel65, Fabri Fibra, Francesco Renga, Gabry Ponte, Gianna Nannini, Lorenzo Jovanotti, Marracash and many others.

In 2011 he moved to Sony Music Italy as A&R Manager before moving up to A&R Director and subsequently became General Manager of Local Frontline Repertoire shortly after.

While at Sony Music, he discovered and developed artists including Ana Mena, Fedez, Geolier, Luche’, Måneskin, Marco Mengoni, Pinguini Tattici Nucleari, Rocco Hunt, Salmo, Shiva, Takagi e Ketra, Tedua, Thasup, along with many more.

Warner Music Italy is home to artists including Achille Lauro, Annalisa, Capo Plaza, Fred De Palma, Ghali, Irama, Laura Pausini, Levante, Mr Rain and Rondodasosa.

“Joining Warner Music and taking on the best role in the Italian music business is an incredibly exciting step for me.”

Pico Cibelli

Pico Cibelli said: “It is an incredibly exciting step for me to join Warner Music and to take on the best role in the Italian music business.

“Music fans in Italy have always embraced the national repertoire, but that trend has increased in recent years, making it more important than ever for us to buy and nurture local talent.”

“The success of artists like Måneskin has also shown that Italian artists can take the world by storm, something we will see more of in the coming years.”

“I am excited about what he can achieve, in conjunction with our already strong Italian group and our excellent team in Milan, which he will lead with passion and style.”

Simon Robson

Simon Robson added: “There is some really exciting talent in Italy right now, who deserve to be heard on the international stage. Pico has a proven track record of developing artists and maximizing their potential.

“I am excited about what he can achieve, in conjunction with our already strong Italian group and our excellent team in Milan, which he will lead with passion and style.”

“I also want to thank Marco Alboni for his contribution, developing young artists from various backgrounds and building a great team in Milan, and I know everyone at Warner Music around the world wishes him well in the future.”

“It has been a privilege to work with the most interesting and passionate artists from Italy and around the world, to be part of their history and help them achieve enormous success.”

Marco Alboni

Marco Alboni said: “I’ve had an amazing time leading the team in Milan, first as EMI Music Italy and then as Warner Music Italy.

“It has been a privilege to work with the most interesting and passionate artists from Italy and around the world, to be a part of their history and help them achieve enormous success.”

“I am especially happy to go to the top with the amazing Rondodasosa at the top of the Italian album chart. I will share some news about my next projects soon.”Worldwide music business

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