Rob Stringer
United States United Kingdom
2018

Sony Music Entertainment

Rob
Stringer

CEO

Stringer became Sony Music CEO in April 2017, having spent his entire career working his way up that ladder. And he wasted no time before changing the culture and shifting priorities to align with the digital age. Among his mandated moves: hiring publishing executive Ron Perry to run Columbia Records, the crown jewel label that’s home to Adele, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan; bringing in fellow Brit and industry vet David Massey to relaunch Arista Records; and reshaping Sony’s catalog business for streaming. But it was a savvy investment in Spotify, which netted the world’s second-biggest music company some $1.5 billion, that may define his legacy. In another Stringer directive, $750 million of the windfall was disbursed to affiliated artists and labels.

Career

  • Universal Music Group
  • Sony Music Entertainment
  • Warner Music Group

Education

  • University of London (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • New Power of New York
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Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer Talks Spotify, Columbia Records Succession, Adele

Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer Talks Spotify, Columbia Records Succession, Adele

Sony Music CEO Rob Stringer is set to make a triumphant homecoming to the U.K. next week to receive the country’s prestigious Music Industry Trusts Award on Nov. 6. The event raises money for the BRIT Trust, which supports the BRIT School and industry charity Nordoff Robbins. Previous winners have included Chris Blackwell, Annie Lennox and Roger Daltrey, among others.Ahead of the honor, Stringer sat for a number of interviews with the British press, including the Times of London, GQ...

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