Warner Music has hired Disney veteran Bryan Castellani as the label group’s next executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective Oct. 16. Based in New York, Castellani will report to WMG’s CEO, Robert Kyncl.
Castellani has nearly 30 years at The Walt Disney Company under his belt, most recently serving as CFO for Disney Entertainment & ESPN. Prior to that, he held such roles as evp of finance for Disney Media, where he oversaw its distribution, ad sales and networks businesses, and previously he was evp and CFO of ESPN proper and he also spent time in the C-suite at Disney Japan. He started at the company in 1995 as a financial analyst, following a stint at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C.
“Bryan has wide-ranging experience helping one of the world’s most impactful creative enterprises build long-term value and unlock new global possibilities,” said Kyncl. “A dynamic, operational CFO, he’ll be an excellent addition to our executive leadership team, as we grow the WMG of the future for the benefit of our artists, songwriters, investors, employees, and partners.”
Castellani will succeed longtime CFO Eric Levin, who announced his retirement in mid-March after nearly a decade at the company. He’ll officially retire in January. Levin joined WMG in 2014, overseeing the company’s global financial operations at a time when piracy and streaming were overhauling the fortunes of companies across the music industry. Notably, he saw WMG through its 2020 initial public offering and managed through the leadership transition from Stephen Cooper to Kyncl.
Kyncl noted that Levin departs “with our deepest respect for his many contributions during an extraordinary period of growth that included WMG’s global expansion, numerous major acquisitions, and a successful IPO.”
Castellani said: “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.”