Rob Stringer
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Sony Music Group


Chairman / CEO, Sony Music Entertainment

Stringer became Sony Music CEO in April 2017, having spent his entire career working his way up that ladder. But he wasted no time before changing the culture and shifting priorities to align with the digital age. Among his mandated moves was hiring publishing executive Ron Perry to run Columbia Records, the crown jewel label that’s home to Adele, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. Stringer’s faith was rewarded, with the label launching the record-shattering Lil Nas X, whose “Old Town Road” was a number one song for 17 weeks straight. Elsewhere in its Madison Avenue headquarters, Stringer unified recorded music and publishing under his leadership, brought in fellow Brit and industry vet David Massey to relaunch Arista Records, promoted Sylvia Rhone to the chairmanship at Epic Records and worked to reshape Sony’s catalog business for streaming.


  • Columbia Records
  • Sony Music Group


  • University of London (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • New Power of New York
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Sony Music Chief Rob Stringer on Sustaining Growth and Recovering From the 'Dark Times'

Sony Music Chief Rob Stringer on Sustaining Growth and Recovering From the 'Dark Times'

The Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference, now in its 28th year, gives top executives at major companies the opportunity to make their case to investors — and the Goldman analysts the opportunity to keep things on the up and up. While the analysts don’t necessarily grill the executives, they don’t lob softball questions either. That was the case as Sony Music chairman Rob Stringer answered some challenging but fair questions from Goldman media equity research analyst Lisa Yang on Thursday.Things started...


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