Apple has established a department dedicated to relationship-building with music publishers.
The tech giant tapped legal specialist Elena Segal to oversee a new internal division in the role as Global Director of Music Publishing for Apple Music, according to multiple reports published overnight.
Formerly legal director at iTunes International, Segal will split her time between the U.S. and U.K.
It’s early days for the new unit, which is spearheaded by the recently appointed head of Apple Music worldwide Oliver Schusser who, like Segal, made the step up from iTunes international.
Segal, who joined Apple in 2006 after a stint as an Associate at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, will be tasked with better managing its relationships with music publishers, a rep tells Billboard.
During her time with the Cupertino firm, she was involved in legal and licensing arrangements for iTunes and Apple Music, which launched in June 2015 and recently signed up its 50 millionth subscriber. Apple Music now operates in 115 territories.