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EMI Erases Digital As Standalone Unit; Merrill Out, Ondrejka Promoted

The latest game of digital musical chairs at EMI Music leaves former *Google* CIO Douglas Merrill without a seat, former Second Life exec Cory Ondrejka as the top digital marketing exec — and digital no longer on its own. Merrill joined EMI a year ago as president of digital business, adding the role of COO for EMI New Media last November. Ondrejka’s promotion puts him in the new position of EVP-digital marketing but reporting to a to-be-announced president of marketing, who in turn will report to EMI Music CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti.

The announcement came in a press release that buried the org-chart reasons for the moves: “With digital music sales comprising over 20 per cent of EMI Music