Rob Wiesenthal is Warner Music Group’s Chief Operating Officer/Corporate. As a member of WMG’s senior management team, Wiesenthal’s responsibilities include global corporate development across WMG’s recorded music and music publishing operations, identifying new business models and helping to drive growth through key investments and acquisitions.
In January 2013, Wiesenthal joined WMG from Sony Corporation, where he served in various leadership roles including Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Sony Corporation of America; Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, Sony Entertainment Inc.; and Group Executive, Sony Corporation. He was also a member of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Operating Committee and sat on the Board of Directors for Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Ericsson. He was responsible for all financial aspects of Sony Corporation of America across its entertainment companies, and led Sony’s corporate development and mergers and acquisitions efforts.
Wiesenthal’s achievements at Sony include leading the transaction to buy Bertelsmann out of its stake in Sony Music Entertainment’s recorded music joint venture in 2008. He oversaw the rapid growth of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, including through the acquisition of EMI Publishing in 2011 and the purchase of the Leiber Stoller and Viacom Famous Music catalogs in 2007. Prior to joining Sony in 2000, he was Managing Director and Head of Entertainment & Digital Media, Investment Banking for Credit Suisse First Boston, where he advised on high profile deals including News Corp.’s purchase of New World Communications and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s acquisition of Telemundo, the second largest Spanish-language TV network in the United States. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Entercom Communications Corp. and TripAdvisor Inc. and is a mentor at TechStars, a digital startup accelerator. Wiesenthal graduated from the University of Rochester, receiving a B.A. degree cum laude in Political Science in 1988.