EMI Googles Douglas Merrill

EMI Music, a UK music business purchased by European buyout firm Terra Firma last year, has hired Douglas Merrill, former chief information officer for search giant Google, to lead its digital music business.

As president, digital business, Merrill will head a new global unit which will be responsible for EMI's digital strategy, innovation, business development, supply chain and global technology activities.

Merrill starts work at EMI on 28 April and will be based at EMI Music's Los Angeles headquarters in the Capitol Tower. He will report to Guy Hands. Terra Firma bought EMI for