GM/CFO, Epic Records
Getting Hits to Market
Since joining Epic Records in January as GM/CFO, Lynn Hazan has spearheaded efforts at the label to staff up to support some 40 new artist signings, as well as the company's existing roster, under the leadership of chairman/CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid. In July 2011, Reid arrived with responsibility to restructure and revitalize Epic.
| My Mentor: "Throughout my career, I've been lucky to work with great leaders who have believed in me and challenged me to take on expanded responsibilities. Bob Jamieson at RCA, Bob Morelli at RED, and now LA Reid at Epic Records -- each have positively impacted my professional growth. Equally important, my Mom and Dad have acted as key mentors -- they always remind me to stay true to myself and not compromise my ideals. This lesson has served me well in my career."
"L.A. is the hitmaker and he supplies the vision," Hazan says. "My job is to help surround him with an operation that gets the hits to market." Epic's year-to-date total album market share is 2.7%, up from 2.6% in the previous year, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Since coming onboard, Hazan has revamped all of the operating departments including finance, A&R administration, release planning, sales and licensing, and helped reshape the composition of marketing. In addition to finance, she oversees legal and business affairs, human resources, A&R administration, sales budgeting and music licensing. Previously, Hazan made Billboard's Women in Music list as executive VP/GM of both RED Distribution and the Independent Online Distribution Alliance.