Michael Kyser has been named the first-ever President of Black Music for the Atlantic Records Group. The announcement was made today by Atlantic Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald and Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman.
Kyser, who began his music career two decades ago at Def Jam Recordings, joined Atlantic Records in 2004 as Executive Vice President of Urban Music. He is a longtime associate of Greenwald and Warner Music Group Vice Chairman and Chairman and CEO Lyor Cohen.
Greenwald said, "Kyser has been my trusted colleague and close friend for nearly 20 years, since we both joined Def Jam. We grew up together in this business. He has a deeper understanding of the urban music landscape than anyone in our industry. I am very proud to announce this much-deserved promotion."
Kyser said, "To say that this is a dream come true is an understatement. The heritage of black music at Atlantic Records is second to none in this industry, and it is both humbling and thrilling to take on this new post at a label with such an amazing legacy. I want to thank Julie and Lyor for the incredible encouragement, support, and belief they have shown me over our past two decades together, and Craig for welcoming me so enthusiastically into the Atlantic family. We have a fantastic roster of talent, combined with the best staff in the business, and I'm looking forward to building on our achievements to take black music at Atlantic Records to new heights."