Warner Music Group has announced that its chief operating officer Rob Wiesenthal is spreading his wings – literally – by leaving the music industry. In a memo to staff, CEO Stephen Cooper said that Wiesenthal “has decided to leave the company to become CEO of Blade, the first crowdsourced short distance aviation company, which Rob co-founded while he was still at Sony”.

The move follows a recent funding round for Blade, but will see Wiesenthal remain “available to us” in Cooper’s words until the end of September to ease the transition to his as-yet-unfound successor. It’s an important appointment, since Wiesenthal has been key to many of WMG’s most interesting digital deals since joining the company in 2013. “Besides first-of-their kind alliances with well-known players like Clear Channel and Shazam, he and the team formed groundbreaking relationships with newer names such as Snapchat, Interlude, Vessel and SoundCloud,” noted Cooper.

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