Sony Music Entertainment has tapped label veteran Ron Perry to serve as Chairman & CEO of Columbia Records. Based in New York, Perry will report to Stringer and will be responsible for overseeing the management of Columbia.
Perry’s addition will bolster the executive team at the label group, which has seen a shakeup following the abrupt departure of L.A. Reid last May amid sexual harassment allegations, and the promotion of Rob Stringer to the role of CEO at Sony.
Perry joins the label after a long stint at SONGS Music Publishing, where he has been a president and founding partner since it was founded in 2004. In December, SONGS announced that they were selling their catalog of publishing interests to Kobalt.
Stated Stringer, “Ron is an immensely dynamic and forward-thinking executive who excels at bringing the best out of artistic vision. 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.”
Stated Perry, “I want to thank Rob for the extraordinary opportunity to run the premier label in the history of music. 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.”