Ienner Named Chairman, Sony Music Label Group
March 17, 2006 at 6:54 AM (PT)
SONY MUSIC LABEL GROUP U.S. CEO DON IENNER now adds duties of Chairman to his existing responsibilities. The appointment was announced by ROLF SCHMIDT-HOLTZ, CEO of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, who said, “DON IENNER is known throughout the industry for both his fierce devotion to his artists, and for his uncompromising dedication to excellence. During his eighteen years with SONY MUSIC, he has played a central role in the success of countless numbers of artists and projects, and as the leader of the SONY MUSIC LABEL GROUP, has shown himself to be an executive of enormous talent, making it a true pleasure to announce this well deserved promotion.”
IENNER commented, “I’d like to thank ROLF for this honor, and I look forward to working closely with him as we continue to develop the very best new artists, and build our business overall. I’d also like to express my gratitude to the many talented people within the SONY MUSIC LABEL GROUP who have made our success possible. From employees at every part of the Group, to our President and COO MICHELE ANTHONY, COLUMBIA’s STEVE BARNETT, EPIC’s CHARLIE WALK, SONY URBAN’s LISA ELLIS and NASHVILLE’s JOHN GRADY, our artists benefit every day from the great work being done by what I firmly believe is the best team in the business."
IENNER joined the company in 1989 as President, COLUMBIA RECORDS GROUP, a position he assumed at age thirty-six, making him the youngest President in the label's 120-year history. Prior to joining COLUMBIA, he served as EVP and GM of ARISTA RECORDS. Ienner began his music industry career in 1969, taking a position in the CAPITOL RECORDS mail room while still in high school.