Apple Music head Oliver Schusser will be taking the top post at Beats, replacing Luke Wood, who’s leaving the company on April 30, according to CNET.
Apple hasn’t publicly announced the leadership change, but Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, told Apple employees about the transition via email in recent weeks. A Beats spokesperson confirmed to CNET that Schusser will lead Beats after Wood’s departure. Schusser will also continue to run Apple Music and International Content, reporting to Cue.
Schusser was named head of Apple’s streaming music division on April 11, 2018. Before this he was vice president of iTunes International. Schusser has led efforts outside the U.S. related to the App Store, iTunes’ movies and TV portals, iBooks, Apple Podcasts, and more.
There’s been speculation that Apple would phase out the Beats brand and release all its audio products under the Apple brand. However, Cue says Apple remains “committed to the Beats brand and the importance of maintaining its role firmly in the music portfolio.”