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WMG embraces a unique collection of world-renowned companies with distinct cultures, while embodying one unifying principle: it’s all about the music. The people of WMG are driven by a creative spirit that stems from the company’s deep history in nurturing entrepreneurial thinking and artist-focused innovation. 

Leadership

  • Stu Bergen
    President, International, Recorded Music
    Warner Music Group
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    Stu Bergen
    President, International, Recorded Music
    Warner Music Group

    Stu Bergen is Warner Music Group’s President, International, Recorded Music, a post he has held since 2013. He is responsible for WMG’s global Recorded Music business outside of the US and UK markets. In addition, he oversees WEA, the company’s global distribution and artists & label services arm, as well as Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), which provides worldwide services to independent labels and artists. Stu, who joined WMG in 2006, was previously Executive Vice President, International & Head of Global Marketing.

    Prior to WMG, Stu held posts at several major record labels, including serving as EVP of Rock Music for Columbia Records, EVP of Island Records, and VP of Promotion for Epic Records. He began his music industry career in 1988 at TVT Records, following which he became Director Promotion at Relativity Records. Stu holds a BA degree from Princeton University.

  • Mike Caren
    President, Worldwide A&R
    Warner Music Group
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    Mike Caren
    President, Worldwide A&R
    Warner Music Group

    Working across Warner Music’s legendary labels, such as Atlantic, Elektra, and Warner Bros. Records, as well as its international affiliates, Mike provides wide-ranging creative leadership and support to the company’s artist development activities. His responsibilities include discovering new artists, nurturing existing signings, and working closely with the company’s A&R executives around the world.

    Previously, Mike was Executive Vice President, A&R, Atlantic Records. In the last decade alone, he has been responsible for signing more than fifteen artists that have released Gold and Platinum-selling records, including Trey Songz, T.I., Flo Rida, and B.o.B. Mike has also produced records for Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, David Guetta, Cobra Starship, Jem, and Asher Roth. Mike began his career with WMG at Atlantic in 1995, at the label's Big Beat imprint, following roles at SRC/Loud Records and Ruthless Records.

  • John Esposito
    President & CEO
    Warner Music Nashville
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    John Esposito
    President & CEO
    Warner Music Nashville

    John Esposito is President & CEO of Warner Music Nashville, where he oversees the company’s country music division – including Warner Bros. Nashville and Atlantic Nashville – as well as Word Entertainment, WMG’s Christian Music division. John, who has held this post since 2009, was previously President and CEO of WEA Corp., WMG’s sales and marketing division, while also overseeing Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) and Independent Label Group (ILG).

    John joined WMG in 2002 from The Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJ) where, as General Manager/Executive Vice President, he managed the company’s day-to-day operational activities. Prior to IDJ, John held a variety of executive positions at PolyGram, Inc. Before joining PolyGram, from 1993 to 1994, he was the chief operating officer of music and movies at The Wiz retail chain. From 1986 to 1993, John was Regional Vice President of Mitsubishi Electronics America, where he managed the sales and operations staff.

  • Julie Greenwald
    Chairman & COO
    Atlantic Records Group
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    Julie Greenwald
    Chairman & COO
    Atlantic Records Group

    Julie Greenwald joined Atlantic Records as President in 2004 and was named Chairman & COO in 2009. As with her Atlantic partner Craig Kallman, Julie came from the indie label world. The New York native began her music career in 1992 at Def Jam Records, and just a decade later, she was named President of Island Records, becoming one of the rare women to hold that title at a major label.

    After graduating from Tulane University in 1992 with a double major in Political Science and English, Julie joined Def Jam, where she rapidly rose through the company’s executive ranks, becoming General Manager of Promotion and later Head of Marketing, helping shape the company into an urban music powerhouse. In 1998, with the merger of Island Records and Def Jam, Julie was charged with overseeing the entire combined marketing department, spanning genres from hip-hop to rock. In 2002, she was named President of Island Records/EVP of the Island Def Jam Music Group. With her arrival at Atlantic Records two years later, she played a central role in the re-architecting of one of the industry’s most iconic labels.

    Julie has been ranked four times in the No. 1 position on Billboard's “Women in Music/Power Players” list and has also been featured as one of The Hollywood Reporter's “Power 100 Women in Entertainment” as well as being named to Newsweek's “Women In Leadership” roster.

  • Tim Fraser-Harding
    President, Global Catalog, Recorded Music
    Warner Music Group
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    Tim Fraser-Harding
    President, Global Catalog, Recorded Music
    Warner Music Group

    Tim Fraser-Harding is Warner Music Group’s President, Global Catalog, Recorded Music. Based in London, he oversees global strategy and operations for all aspects of the development and marketing of WMG’s rich legacy of recorded music – which includes classic repertoire from iconic labels such as Atlantic, Elektra, Warner Bros., and Parlophone. Tim’s responsibilities include spearheading worldwide campaigns, identifying and implementing innovative product initiatives, and advancing the company’s digital catalog strategy.

    Tim joined WMG in 2012 from Sony Music, where he held a number of senior posts, including VP, International Catalog Marketing Group. During his tenure at Sony, he was responsible for catalog operations across multiple territories, working in tandem with local affiliates, repertoire owners and management to plan and execute high-profile marketing campaigns. Tim began his career in retail, with stints at HMV and WH Smith, where he was Marketing Manager for catalog across 300 stores.

  • Craig Kallman
    Chairman & CEO
    Atlantic Records Group
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    Craig Kallman
    Chairman & CEO
    Atlantic Records Group

    Craig Kallman carries on the entrepreneurial tradition that has driven Atlantic Records since its founding by Ahmet Ertegun nearly seven decades ago. Craig joined the company in 1991, when the company acquired his independent Big Beat Records label. Advancing through the executive ranks, he began to oversee Atlantic’s entire A&R operation. In 2005, the New York native was named Chairman/CEO of the Atlantic Records Group. As one of the rare major label chief executives today with hands-on record-producing experience, Craig is Atlantic’s musical director and creative collaborator with the label’s rich diversity of high-profile artists.

    A passionate music fan, obsessive record collector (with an archive now numbering 750,000 vinyl albums and counting), and avid audiophile, Craig began his music industry career while still in high school. He started out by DJ-ing at the Cat Club in New York, while working in Columbia Records' dance department. At Brown University, he was the CBS Records college representative, programmed urban and rock specialty shows on WBRU-FM, and ran a legendary series of campus dance parties. After graduating in 1987, Craig worked for Factory Records and Billboard magazine, while DJ-ing at such legendary nightspots as Danceteria, Area, The Palladium, and The Tunnel – spinning boundary-crossing sets drawn from his vast collection. Fresh out of college, he started the Big Beat label in his bedroom, selling dance records on the street from a shopping cart. Just four years later, Craig's success drew the attention of Atlantic Records and he became part of the WMG family.

  • Max Lousada
    Chairman & CEO
    Warner Music UK
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    Max Lousada
    Chairman & CEO
    Warner Music UK

    Max Lousada is Chairman & CEO of Warner Music UK (WMUK) and is responsible for overseeing the UK family of labels and imprints, including Atlantic Records, Asylum, East West, FFRR, Nonesuch, One More Tune, Parlophone, Reprise, Roadrunner, Rhino and Warner Bros Records, as well as the UK arm of ADA and Warner Music Artist and Label Services.

    Max previously headed up Atlantic Records UK for nine years, during which time he built an award-winning team and a strong roster of artists, including: Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini, James Blunt, Rudimental, Plan B, Lykke Li, Rumer, Marina and the Diamonds and Birdy. Max also presided over the UK success of Atlantic's international roster including acts such Bruno Mars, Fun., Paramore, Death Cab For Cutie, Jason Mraz and Janelle Monáe.

    Prior to Atlantic, Max was head of A&R at Mushroom Records where he signed ambient dance act Zero 7 and played a key role in the development of their 2001 debut album Simple Things. Max was also involved in the careers of Mushroom acts such as Muse, Ash and Garbage.

    In June 2014, Max was named Chairman of the BRITs Committee, which is responsible for the creative direction of the show, management of the Award categories, artist line up, Voting Academy and the digital and media strategy.

  • Jon Platt
    President, North America
    Warner/Chappell Music
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    Jon Platt
    President, North America
    Warner/Chappell Music

    Jon Platt is President, North America for Warner/Chappell Music, WMG’s music publishing arm. Jon, who joined WMG in 2012, works closely with Warner/Chappell’s Chairman, Cameron Strang, to drive the ongoing growth of the company, its diverse roster of songwriters, and its range of creative services.

    Since joining WCM, he has been instrumental in attracting a wide range of new and established talent including Jay Z, Beyoncé, Roc Nation’s publishing roster, Mike WiLL Made It, and Aloe Blacc, among others, while continuing to build relationships with songwriters such as Katy Perry, Nate Ruess, Michael Bublé, Barry Gibb and George Michael. Under Jon's creative leadership, WCM was recently named Publisher of the Year at four of ASCAP's most prestigious ceremonies – the Pop, Rhythm & Soul, Country and Latin Awards – as well as at BMI’s R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, all within a year's time.

    Jon previously spent 17 years at EMI Music Publishing, where artists/songwriters he signed at the outset of their careers included JAY Z, Kanye West, Usher, Drake, Ludacris, Mary Mary, Young Jeezy, Fabolous, and Snoop Dogg. He also signed Beyoncé and negotiated deals for Pharrell Williams and Sean “Puffy” Combs.

    Jon has also served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the MusiCares Foundation, and sits on the Board of the Living Legends Foundation. He was the first music publisher to be featured in Source magazine’s annual Power 30 issue, was named 2011 Music Visionary of the Year by the UJA-Federation of New York, and in 2015 received the Visionary Award at the annual SESAC Pop Music Awards. He began his career in the music business as a DJ in his native Denver, before moving to Los Angeles to manage producers.

  • Cameron Strang
    Chairman & CEO
    Warner Bros. Records and Warner/Chappell Music
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    Cameron Strang
    Chairman & CEO
    Warner Bros. Records and Warner/Chappell Music

    As Chairman & CEO of Warner Bros. Records (WBR) and Warner/Chappell Music (WCM), Cameron Strang has the unique dual responsibility of heading both a legendary record label and a major music publishing company. Warner Bros. Records, one of the flagship labels of Warner Music Group, is home to many of the most influential and innovative artists of our time. Warner/Chappell Music contains one of the world's greatest collections of musical compositions, ranging from well-known standards to songs penned by its current roster of award-winning songwriters.

    Previously, Cameron was the founder of Southside Independent Music Publishing, which was formed in 2004 and acquired by Warner/Chappell in 2010. He was also the founder of the independent New West Records label, which was launched in 1998. Southside grew to become a leading indie publisher, including acclaimed writers and producers such as Bruno Mars, Kings of Leon, Ashley Gorley, Blair Daly, Matthew West, and Brody Brown. New West’s impressive roster has included Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam, Kris Kristofferson, Rickie Lee Jones, Drive By Truckers, Delbert McClinton, Ben Lee, Old 97’s, Buddy and Julie Miller, and many others. New West also acquired the Texas Music Group, including the Antone’s and Watermelon labels, and released the award-winning soundtrack to the film 'Crazy Heart'.

    Cameron graduated from University of British Columbia Law School in 1992. He practiced law for several years in his hometown of Vancouver, Canada, before embarking on his music industry career. 

     

  • Stephen F. Cooper
    CEO
    Warner Music Group
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    Stephen F. Cooper
    CEO
    Warner Music Group

    Stephen F. Cooper is Chief Executive Officer of Warner Music Group, which he joined in 2011 upon the company’s acquisition by Access Industries. He is a member of the Supervisory Board for LyondellBasell Industries N.V., one of the world’s largest olefins, polyolefins, chemicals and refining companies. Steve is an advisor at Zolfo Cooper, a leading financial advisory and interim management firm, of which he was a co-founder and former Chairman. Steve is also Managing Partner of Cooper Investment Partners, a private equity firm. He has more than 30 years of experience as a financial advisor, and has served as chairman or chief executive officer of various businesses, including Vice Chairman and member of the office of Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Telcom. 

    Steve received a B.A. from Occidental College and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

  • Mike Jbara
    Executive Vice President, Technology & Business Processes
    Warner Music Group
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    Mike Jbara
    Executive Vice President, Technology & Business Processes
    Warner Music Group

    Mike Jbara is Executive Vice President, Technology & Business Processes, Warner Music Group, and leads the company's global information technology strategy and functions. He is responsible for developing solutions, systems, and procedures that serve the creative and commercial needs of WMG’s employees, artists, and business partners.

    Mike previously served as President, Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) Worldwide, where he led the growth of ADA’s services to independent labels and artists, expanding the company’s global footprint and nurturing ADA’s unique identity. Prior, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp (WEA Corp.), and before that was WEA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Before joining WEA, Mike was a Senior Manager in the New York-based Media and Entertainment Practice at Andersen Consulting where he served from 1987 to 1995.

    Mike holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan.

  • Eric Levin
    Executive Vice President & CFO
    Warner Music Group
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    Eric Levin
    Executive Vice President & CFO
    Warner Music Group

    Eric Levin is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Warner Music Group, a role in which he is responsible for the company’s worldwide financial operations. He joined the company in 2014, having held a number of senior executive posts in the US and Greater China. In 2012, he joined Ecolab Inc., the multinational technology and manufacturing group, as the Regional Controller & CFO for its North Asia Region. Before that, beginning in 2009, he was Chief Financial Officer at South China Morning Post Group. Previously, Eric was Chief Financial Officer at HBO (Home Box Office), and was a founding partner at the multimedia venture City On Demand.

    Eric earned a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a MBA from the University of Chicago. 

  • Maria Osherova
    Executive Vice President, Human Resources
    Warner Music Group
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    Maria Osherova
    Executive Vice President, Human Resources
    Warner Music Group

    As a member of WMG’s senior management team, Maria [Masha] Osherova oversees all aspects of WMG’s human resources functions across the globe. Her responsibilities include building a compelling and distinctive environment for WMG employees, while evolving the company’s collective skill set in alignment with its long-term creative and commercial strategy.

    Masha joined WMG in 2006 as Vice President, Human Resources for Warner Music International, based in London.  Advancing to Senior Vice President of Warner Music International, she played a pivotal role in the successful integration of Parlophone Label Group within WMG. Prior to WMG, Masha was Global HR Manager for a division of Shell International Petroleum, and before that,  held several posts at The Coca-Cola Company, based variously in Copenhagen, Oslo, and St. Petersburg.

    Masha studied at St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, where she received a Master of Sciences degree.

  • Paul M. Robinson
    Executive Vice President & General Counsel
    Warner Music Group
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    Paul M. Robinson
    Executive Vice President & General Counsel
    Warner Music Group

    Paul M. Robinson is Warner Music Group's (WMG) General Counsel, responsible for WMG's legal and public policy strategy around the world. Paul joined WMG’s legal department in 1995, and was named to his current position in 2006. Before joining WMG, Paul was a partner in the New York City law firm Mayer, Katz, Baker, Leibowitz & Roberts.

    Paul has a B.A. in English from Williams College. He earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

  • James Steven
    Executive Vice President, Communications & Marketing
    Warner Music Group
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    James Steven
    Executive Vice President, Communications & Marketing
    Warner Music Group

    James Steven is Executive Vice President, Communications & Marketing, for Warner Music Group. He is responsible for WMG’s worldwide communications and corporate marketing functions, including external and internal communications, investor relations, social responsibility, and special events. He also oversees the interaction and coordination of the communications functions of WMG’s operating companies.

    James joined WMG in 2007 as part of the company's international communications team based in London. He relocated to New York in 2012, becoming Senior Vice President, Communications & Marketing. Prior to WMG, James held various roles at public relations and marketing agencies, including Cow PR and Consolidated PR, working with clients in the film, TV, technology, retail, beverages, and automobile industries.