Columbia Records Promotes Stephen Russo to Executive VP

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Columbia Records has promoted Stephen Russo to executive vice president at the Sony Music imprint. Russo was previously senior vp, finance and operation, as well as chief financial officer -- a role he'll continue to hold. Essentially a title bump, Russo will continue to oversee the label's finances, operations, release planning, touring/events and digital production functions.

Russo joined Sony Music Entertainment in 1994 after a four-year stint at Ernst & Young. He lined up with Columbia in 2005 as vp, finance and operation and was promoted to svp five years later. Then in 2015, he was appointed CFO.

"Steve has played an indispensable leadership role in all of Columbia's financial and operational functions for many years,” said Rob Stringer, the CEO of Sony Music. "He possesses a unique vantage point for seeing the big picture and the exceptional ability to strategically navigate today's diverse marketplace on behalf of the label. Columbia Records joins me in congratulating Steve on this well-deserved promotion."

Added Russo, "It's truly an honor to be part of a team responsible for serving our artists and bringing some of the most prolific music recordings in the world to the consumer public."