Stephen [Steve] F. Cooper has been CEO and a Director of Warner Music Group since 2011, including leading the company through its IPO in June 2020. He’s driven the transformation of the company in the streaming age, as well as overseeing its global expansion, digital diversification, and M&A strategy. Major moves have included the acquisition of music companies such as Parlophone Label Group, Gold Typhoon, Spinnin’, Africori, and 300 Entertainment, the establishment of a Film & TV division called Warner Music Entertainment, and the growth of a network of direct-to-consumer destinations including EMP, HipHopDX, IMGN, Songkick, and UPROXX.
Steve has over 40 years of experience as a business leader and has served as Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.; Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Telcom; Executive Chairman of Blue Bird Corporation; Executive Chairman of Collins & Aikman Corporation; Chief Executive Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts; Chief Executive Officer and Chief Restructuring Officer of Enron Corporation; and Chairman of the Restructuring Committee of LyondellBasell Industries.
Steve received a B.A. from Occidental College and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.