Mary Ellen Cataneo, who held leadership roles at Columbia Records and Sony Music Entertainment, has died after battling an aggressive cancer. She was 65.
Cataneo was an ambitious and passionate executive, who early on in her career graduated from New York University and waited tables at a restaurant alongside a young Jerry Seinfeld before getting her first industry job doing administration for Musician magazine.
In 1984, at age 30, Cataneo started at Columbia Records. There, she rose through the ranks quickly, becoming vp national press and public information. Cataneo ran publicity campaigns for some of the most legendary artists of our time, including Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, Ray Davies and The Kinks, and Harry Connick, Jr.