No. 90: Joel Klaiman | Power 100

Joel Klaiman, Executive VP/GM, Columbia Records



Executive VP/GM, Columbia Records
Last Year's Rank: 95

Klaiman, who oversees ­digital and promotions among other departments, spent 2015 tailoring ­rollouts for such blockbusters as One Direction's Made in the A.M. and Adele's 25, which together have sold 8.6 million-plus copies. His approach also brought ­attention to ­breakout talents George Ezra, Leon Bridges and Rachel Platten, whose "Fight Song" crowned the Adult Contemporary chart in September. Next: strategies for 2016 albums by Maxwell, John Legend and Haim.