To lose one vice president, as Oscar Wilde so aptly put it, may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two looks like carelessness.
Three months after parting company with A& R chief Stephen Johns, EMI Classics today sailed ahead without Graham Southern, V-P Catalogue, who looks after backlist releases, including such current triumphs as the phenomenal Mahler box.
Graham, I understand, left of his own volition, a pretty brave thing to do in these tricky times. He told friends he was unable to put up with management-speak from the hedge-trimmers who run the company.
Here’s the internal memo from his boss, announcing his departure:
Dear Classics colleagues,
I’d like to announce that Graham Southern, Vice President Catalogue for EMI Classics, will be leaving EMI. Graham will remain in the role through the next 3 months as we transition to replacement.