RANDY GOODMAN, 59
Chairman/CEO, Sony Music Nashville
Last Year's Rank: —
The past six months have been action-packed for Goodman, who took the top Nashville job after a protracted executive search by Sony. "We brought in new leadership and assessed the artist roster, staff and financial situation while meeting with artists and managers," he says. In spite of the upheaval, the division still aced the releases of Carrie Underwood's Storyteller, her sixth consecutive No. 1 on Top Country Albums, and Chris Young's No. 5 Billboard 200 debut, I'm Comin' Over.