7 Power Execs to Watch in 2016

Billboard's Power 100 Ones to Watch

The 2016 performance of these bosses, who are steering some of the industry’s most talked-about companies, could vault them onto next year’s Power 100. Go here to see the full list of this year's Power 100 honorees.
 

HENRY CARDENAS, 59
FOUNDER/CEO, CARDENAS MARKETING NETWORK
CMN produced more than 180 concerts and generated $180 million-plus in ticket revenue in 2015 with performers like Marc Anthony, making it Latin’s top indie live-entertainment and marketing powerhouse.
 


IAN HOGARTH, 34
CO-FOUNDER/CHAIRMAN, SONGKICK

MATT JONES, 29
CEO, SONGKICK
Heads turned when Hogarth merged with Jones’ direct-to-fan ticketer Crowdsurge, scored presales for Adele’s tour -- then hit Ticketmaster with an antitrust suit.
 


RON PERRY, 37
PRESIDENT, SONGS

MATT PINCUS, 43
FOUNDER/CEO, SONGS
SONGS has placed among the top 10 music publishers for the past eight consecutive quarters, making it one of just four independent publishers that have crossed that threshold.
 


SARAH STENNETT
CEO, FIRST ACCESS ENTERTAINMENT
Among her top-tier clientele (Ellie Goulding, Iggy Azalea), 1D refugee Zayn Malik is poised to become her flagship act in 2016, bolstered by the added oomph of her joint venture with Warner Music Group owner Len Blavatnik.


DAVE FREE, 29
PRESIDENT, TOP DAWG ENTERTAINMENT

ANTHONY TIFFITH, 45
FOUNDER/CEO, TOP DAWG ENTERTAINMENT
The indie label’s next-generation roster includes Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and SZA.