Ron Perry has officially been named as the new Chairman & CEO for Columbia Records, it was announced Tuesday (Jan. 2) by Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rob Stringer.
Formerly the co-founder and president for SONGS Music Publishing, Perry, 38, will be based in New York and will head overall management of Columbia. The move comes after SONGS Music Publishing was sold to Kobalt, opening the door for Perry’s move to Columbia.
“Ron is an immensely dynamic and forward thinking executive who excels at bringing the best out of artistic vision,” Stringer says. “After his enormous success in recent years, we are thrilled to have Ron join Sony Music and lead the great team and unparalleled roster at the legendary Columbia Records label.”
“I want to thank Rob for the extraordinary opportunity to run the premier label in the history of music,” Perry says. “To embark as the curator of this storied company is both the highest and most humbling career achievement I could imagine. Columbia Records has stood the test of time as the industry’s marquee home for the world’s greatest stars. Rob has handed off an extremely talented team at Columbia. I look forward to building on his successes, while developing culturally innovative new artists and extending Columbia’s unprecedented run at the top into the future.”
In his role at SONGS Music Publishing, Perry was responsible for signing Lorde, The Weeknd, Major Lazer, Diplo, Desiigner and many others. Recently, Perry has been credited as the A&R on Lorde’s Grammy 2017 Album of the Year nominated Melodrama, and the pairing of The Weeknd and Daft Punk on the multi-platinum tracks, “Starboy” and “I Feel It Coming.”
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