×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Kobalt Names Laurent Hubert President, Richard Sanders to Leave in June

Laurent Hubert will replace Richard Sanders as President/Chief Revenue Officer for Kobalt Music Group, effective immediately, the company confirmed to Variety. Hubert came aboard last year to run the company’s newly formed B2B right management platform and investment division.  He was previously President, Marketing & Creative, at BMG, and before that Chief Operating Officer at BMG Music Publishing.

Sanders, who first joined the company in 2012 after stints at Sony Music Entertainment, RCA, V2 and Arista, will leave at the end of June, according to founder/CEO Willard Ahdritz, who issued the following statement:

“Five years ago, I brought Richard Sanders to Kobalt to help us roll out an aggressive global expansion plan. Together, we have achieved all of that and more.  He has played an instrumental role in getting us to where we are today.  As we considered our future plans together, Richard felt that he had accomplished what we had set out to do together and it was now time for him to move on. He will remain with Kobalt until the end of June working alongside me and will always be part of the Kobalt family. As both a friend and a colleague, I cannot thank Richard enough for his enormous contribution to Kobalt over the years.”

Ahdritz also announced the following promotions:  Sas Metcalfe, who was the first Kobalt employee in 2001, is now Chief Creative Officer, after previous roles as EVP Creative and Creative Director.  She was head of A&R at Warner/Chappell Music Publishing UK and began her career at CBS Records as a Marketing Assistant before setting up the indie label Rockin’ Horse Records.

Lonny Olinick, who joined the company in 2016 after holding positions at RCA, Sony BMG and Bain & Company, is now Chief Strategy Officer.

Jeannette Perez, who joined Kobalt in 2014,  has been promoted to President, Global Synch and Brand Partnerships after similar posts at Sony Music and RCA Records, along with a job in Business & Legal Affairs at Sony BMG.

Marissa Mencher, who has been with Kobalt Music Group since 2012 in human resources after a 20-year career spanning posts at Sony Music, BMG Label Group, RCA Music Group and J Records, has been named Chief People Officer.

More Biz

  • Superman

    DC Lays Off 3% of Staff in Structural Reorganization

    DC Comics has laid off about seven staff members — 3% of its 240 employees — as part of a structural reorganization that will result in a three-group system for the Warner Bros. division, Variety has confirmed. Those who have left the company include senior VP of sales trade marketing John Cunningham, VP of consumer marketing [...]

  • Ice Age Twentieth Century Fox World

    How a Kuala Lumpur Theme Park Became a Fox-Themed Fiasco

    Twentieth Century Fox executives looked around in 2013 and decided it was finally time for the historic studio to get into the theme park business. Fox had seen Disney and Universal expand into Japan and China, slowly conquering the globe with their resort businesses. So they came up with a bold idea to grab a [...]

  • ally billboard a star is born

    Oscar Campaign Spending Reaches New Heights in Competitive Season

    The escalating cost of awards campaigning may reach an all-time high this season as heavyweights such as “Roma” and “A Star Is Born” battle for Oscar gold. The quest for an Academy Award has always been expensive, but Netflix’s hunger to nab its first best picture win, coupled with the presence of legitimate studio contenders [...]

  • Brian Graden and Brad Grey

    'It Boy' Seeks to Drop Salacious Suit Against Brad Grey and Brian Graden

    A self-described Hollywood “It boy” has asked for permission to drop a salacious lawsuit that asserted sexual misconduct claims against the late Paramount CEO Brad Grey and former MTV executive Brian Graden. Rovier Carrington, who filed the suit last May, notified a federal court on Jan. 18 that he was withdrawing his claims. Judge Katherine [...]

  • Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein (L)

    Harvey Weinstein Hires New Lawyers Who Repped Kobe Bryant and Rose McGowan

    Harvey Weinstein has hired a new legal team to handle his rape and sexual assault case in New York, including attorneys who represented one of his most prominent accusers, actress Rose McGowan. Weinstein has hired Jose Baez and Ronald Sullivan, of the Baez Law Firm in Miami; Pamela Mackey of Denver, Colo.; and Duncan Levin, [...]

  • Bryan Singer: New Allegations of Sex

    Bryan Singer Hit With Fresh Allegations of Sex With Underage Boys

    UPDATED: Bryan Singer, the director of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” has responded to new allegations published in the Atlantic on Wednesday that he engaged in sexual misconduct with underage boys. In the report, four men allege that Singer had sexual encounters with them when they were teenagers in the late 1990s. One of the men, Victor Valdovinos, [...]

  • 'Zootopia' Land Coming to Shanghai Disneyland

    Disney to Open 'Zootopia' Land at Shanghai Theme Park

    The Shanghai Disneyland theme park is to be expanded with the construction of a themed land based on the “Zootopia” animated film and its characters. It will be the first “Zootopia” land at any Disney park worldwide. “The rapid rate of expansion at Shanghai Disney Resort demonstrates our confidence and commitment to the company’s future [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content