Rob Stringer To Become Sony Music Entertainment CEO
October 18, 2016 at 11:30 AM (PT)
COLUMBIA RECORDS Chairman/CEO ROB STRINGER has been promoted to CEO of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT effective in APRIL 2017. Current CEO DOUG MORRIS will transition to Chairman as of that date. The announcement was made by SONY ENTERTAINMENT CEO MICHAEL LYNTON.
“ROB STRINGER is one of the most skilled and successful executives in the music industry," SONY ENTERTAINMENT CEO MICHAEL LYNTON said. "His efforts and achievements at COLUMBIA have contributed immeasurably to the overall strength of SONY MUSIC worldwide. Not only is he a tremendous developer of talent and nurturer of stars who has overseen numerous massive hits, but also he is an innovator who understands how to grow revenue and market share in the rapidly changing music business. His ability to adapt to meet the needs of artists and fans in a dynamic marketplace that mixes digital audio, visual media, and physical goods makes him the perfect fit to head the company moving forward. I am thrilled to have him leading SONY MUSIC’s next chapter.”
“I want to thank DOUG for his dedication and continued commitment to SONY MUSIC," LYNTON continued. "He has been an innovative force in the music business for over five decades and I look forward to working with him in this next phase of his outstanding career. In his new advisory role he will report directly to me. Since 2011, he has expertly led SONY MUSIC through some of the most transformative and challenging issues facing the music industry, while each year increasing the company’s market share and profitability. His passion for music, devotion to artists and tireless energy has made SONY MUSIC the industry leader it is today.”
“As someone who has spent his entire career at SONY MUSIC, it is a tremendous honor to be named CEO," ROB STRINGER said. "I would like to thank KAZ HIRAI and MICHAEL LYNTON for believing in the value and power of music, and for their continuing support of me. I’d also like to extend a special thanks to DOUG for both his friendship and mentorship to me personally, as well as for the great leadership and service he has provided to SONY MUSIC. This is a time of enormous opportunity and change for the music business. I am excited to work with the great team we have built at SONY MUSIC to continue to be a champion for artists, and further adapt and grow the business as we meet the challenges ahead.”
“I am extremely proud of the great leadership team and organization we have built at SONY MUSIC," DOUG MORRIS stated. "Our focus on building and maintaining the best creative centers led by world-class executives has yielded fantastic success over the last six years. ROB is a passionate and competitive executive who understands the importance and value of hits, and like a heat-seeking missile, he locks onto great artists. Most importantly, he is one of the finest people I know. And moving forward, SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT will be in the great hands of ROB STRINGER. I look forward to continue working with MICHAEL, ROB and the rest of the SONY family moving forward.”