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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

  • Aaron Bay-Schuck
    Co-Chairman & CEO
    Warner Records
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    Aaron Bay-Schuck
    Co-Chairman & CEO
    Warner Records

    Aaron Bay-Schuck is the Co-Chairman and CEO of Warner Records, previously Warner Bros. Records. In this role, he oversees the creative direction for the record label. Before joining the company in October 2018, Aaron served as President of A&R at Interscope Geffen A&M where he was responsible for A&R and creative development. While at Interscope, he worked closely with a roster of artists, including Selena Gomez, BØRNS, Daya, Gwen Stefani, Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga, Maroon 5, MGK, One Republic, and Zedd. 

    After graduating from Columbia University with a major in Political Science, the L.A. native returned to the West Coast to begin his music career at Interscope Records in the International department. In 2004, Aaron left Interscope to accept a position at Atlantic Records and spent 10 years with the company, rising through the ranks to become Senior Vice President of A&R. Most notably, he signed and played an integral role in launching the career of superstar artist Bruno Mars. Mars has since gone on to sell over 200 million singles and albums as well as winning multiple Grammy awards. He was also vital to A&R efforts for such artists as Flo Rida (including co-writing “Right Round,” which went five-times platinum in the U.S. and sold more than 10 million copies worldwide), Cee Lo Green, B.o.B., Plies, Trey Songz, and Travie McCoy.

    Aaron was featured in Billboard’s Power 100, '30 under 30' issue, and the publication's prestigious '40 under 40' edition. He is an executive committee member on the Hammer Museum Collective and an ardent supporter of the TJ Martell Foundation, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, and City of Hope.

  • Stu Bergen
    CEO, International and Global Commercial Services
    Warner Music Group
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    Stu Bergen
    CEO, International and Global Commercial Services
    Warner Music Group

    Stu Bergen is CEO, International and Global Commercial Services, Warner Music Group. Stu oversees WMG’s international Recorded Music operations outside the U.S. and UK; Warner Music’s Global Marketing team; WEA and ADA – WMG’s Artist & Label Services divisions; and Warner Classics. He previously served as Warner Music Group’s President, International, Recorded Music, and before that, he was 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
    CEO of Artist Partners Group and Creative Officer
    Warner Music Group
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    Mike Caren
    CEO of Artist Partners Group and Creative Officer
    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. He serves as an advisor to the company's global A&R team, while discovering new artists and nurturing existing signings.

    Previously, Mike was President, Worldwide A&R, Warner Music Group, and before that, 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.

  • Tom Corson
    Co-Chairman & COO
    Warner Records
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    Tom Corson
    Co-Chairman & COO
    Warner Records

    Tom Corson is the Co-Chairman and COO of Warner Records, overseeing all aspects of the record label’s operations. He joined the company in January 2018 and throughout the year Warner Records achieved impressive chart success with many new and established artists, such as Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa, Lil Pump, Mac Miller, Blocboy JB and Drake’s “Look Alive” on OVO Sound, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Cher, and many more. Capping off the year were “Best New Artist” Grammy nominations for both Dua and Bebe, as well as a “Best Rap Album” nod for Mac Miller.

    Tom came to Warner Records from RCA Music Group, where he spent nearly 18 years of his career and most recently served as President & COO. Having also overseen operations for J and Arista, Tom played a leading role in talent development at RCA, helping to guide the careers of Alicia Keys, A$AP Rocky, Bleachers, Bryson Tiller, Chris Brown, Foo Fighters, G-Eazy, Justin Timberlake, Khalid, Kings of Leon, Kygo, Pentatonix, P!nk, Miley Cyrus, Sia, SZA, Usher, and many others.

    Tom began his career in the music industry as a college intern at IRS Records. Upon graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in Business/Economics, he joined the label as Director of West Coast Sales, working with artists such as R.E.M. and The Go-Go’s. Tom moved to A&M Records in 1985, advancing to Vice President of Marketing where he assisted in developing a variety of artists, including Soundgarden, Simple Minds, Sting and UB40. In 1990, Corson was named Senior Vice President of Marketing at Capitol Records with a talent roster ranging from Radiohead to MC Hammer. From 1996 to 2000, he served as Senior Vice President of Marketing at Columbia Records, spearheading a genre-spanning string of breakout campaigns for Fugees, Train, Lauryn Hill, System of a Down, Ricky Martin, Mariah Carey and others.

    Corson has appeared on the Billboard Power 100 list the last seven years, and he is a member of NARAS and the Music and Entertainment Industry Board for City of Hope. He also sits on the executive committee of the board of directors for the TJ Martell Foundation.

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

    John Esposito is Chairman & CEO of Warner Music Nashville, where he oversees the company’s country music division – including Warner Bros. Nashville and Atlantic Nashville. 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.

  • 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.

  • Vinnie Freda
    Chief Data Officer
    Warner Music Group
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    Vinnie Freda
    Chief Data Officer
    Warner Music Group

    Vinnie Freda was named Chief Data Officer at Warner Music Group in December, 2016. In this role, Freda is responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive vision and strategy for data management throughout the company, championing the use of data to provide useful insight.

    Freda is a three-decade music industry veteran whose wide-ranging experience includes 23 combined years with MCA Records and its owner, Universal Music Group, where he became EVP of Digital Logistics and Business Services. Freda was most recently President and COO of INgrooves Music Group, the independent music distribution and marketing company. He holds an MBA degree from Stanford University.

  • 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.

  • 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
    CEO, Recorded Music
    Warner Music Group
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    Max Lousada
    CEO, Recorded Music
    Warner Music Group

    Max Lousada is CEO, Recorded Music, for Warner Music Group (WMG) and is responsible for overseeing all of WMG’s global Recorded Music operations, including Atlantic, Warner Records, Parlophone, Warner Music Nashville, Global Catalog/Rhino and Warner Classics, as well as WMG's international Recorded Music affiliates and WMG’s Artist & Label Services divisions, WEA and ADA.

    He previously served as Chairman & CEO of Warner Music UK (WMUK), where he oversaw the UK family of labels and imprints. There, he and his team consistently grew market share, broke chart records, and released music that achieved global success. Since 2013, Lousada expanded Warner Music UK’s repertoire centers to serve a broader range of artists, playing an instrumental role in the integration of Parlophone into WMUK, as well as reviving the East West Records imprint and launching dance music imprints within each of the UK’s front line labels. In addition, he has strengthened the company’s creative capabilities with the launch of The Firepit, a video content division, innovation lab and state-of-the-art recording studio.

    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.

  • Carianne Marshall
    Co-Chair & COO
    Warner Chappell Music
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    Carianne Marshall
    Co-Chair & COO
    Warner Chappell Music

    Prior to joining Warner Chappell Music, Carianne Marshall was Principal Partner, Head of Creative Services, and Head of Creative Licensing at SONGS, the acclaimed independent music publisher. She joined SONGS in 2006, helping build a roster of over 300 songwriters, including Lorde, The Weeknd, Diplo, DJ Mustard, and many others.

    Marshall served as the company’s executive leader on the West Coast, consistently posting double-digit revenue growth, while overseeing a creative licensing staff responsible for placing compositions by SONGS’ writers in film, television, commercials, video games, and other visual media. She was also responsible for developing and nurturing the company’s non-top 40 roster. Marshall has been named to Billboard’s prestigious Women in Music list for the past four years running.

    Marshall previously spent three years as Director of Motion Picture and Television Music for Universal Music Publishing Group, prior to which she worked in the Film/Television Music division of DreamWorks Music Publishing from 2000 to 2003. Marshall began her music industry career at Los Angeles-based VOX Productions, where she did live music production, while managing and booking local bands. In 1996, she joined Elektra Entertainment Group, working in Marketing & College Radio Promotion.

  • Guy Moot
    Co-Chair & CEO
    Warner Chappell Music
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    Guy Moot
    Co-Chair & CEO
    Warner Chappell Music

    In the course of a distinguished and influential music career over more than 30 years, Guy Moot has signed some of the biggest songwriters in the world, including Amy Winehouse, Lana Del Rey, Mark Ronson, Arctic Monkeys, Jamiroquai, Arcade Fire, StarGate, Deadmau5, Sia, Paul Epworth, and Sean Paul; as well as overseeing the signings of current chart toppers Ed Sheeran, Drake, Calvin Harris, Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Anne-Marie, and Jorja Smith.

    After starting his career in 1984 with A&R roles at both ATV Music and Chrysalis Records, he joined SBK Music Publishing in 1987, ahead of its merger with EMI two years later. Over the next sixteen years, Guy rose through the ranks of EMI Music Publishing, before being appointed Executive Vice President of A&R for the UK and Europe in 2003.

    Two years later, he became Managing Director of EMI Music Publishing UK and President of European Creative. Guy’s leadership played a key role in ensuring that EMI was named Music Week Publisher of the Year for fourteen years running.

    In 2012, Guy took on additional responsibilities, leading the Sony/ATV and EMI Music Publishing merger across Europe. In this new role, he was tasked with developing greater effectiveness in A&R across both companies.

    Then, in 2017, after a string of creative and commercial successes, Moot was appointed President of Worldwide Creative, heading up the company’s efforts to seek out the best songwriting talent, regardless of their country of origin. At the same time, he continued in his role as Managing Director in the UK, and led the company to a record-breaking, year-long hold on the UK Number 1 Singles spot in 2016-17.

  • 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 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.

  • 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. 

  • Ralph Munsen
    Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer
    Warner Music Group
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    Ralph Munsen
    Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer
    Warner Music Group

    Ralph Munsen is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Warner Music Group (WMG).

    In his role, Ralph provides leadership globally for all aspects of the company's technology strategy, information security, network infrastructure and operations. He also oversees development of innovative, robust and secure solutions, applications, systems, and platforms that serve the creative and commercial needs of WMG’s record labels, divisions, artists, and business partners.

    Ralph joined Warner Music Group in 2016 with over twenty years of media and entertainment experience. Prior to joining WMG, he was Global Managing Partner of Delivery for GroupM, the media investment giant. Ralph has held senior roles at Accenture, EMI Music, Clear Channel/ iHeartMedia and Hachette Book Group, where he served a five-year term as CIO. He is a graduate of Union College.

  • Maria Osherova
    Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
    Warner Music Group
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    Maria Osherova
    Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
    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 & Chief Communications Officer
    Warner Music Group
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    James Steven
    Executive Vice President & Chief Communications Officer
    Warner Music Group

    James Steven is EVP & Chief Communications Officer 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.