Charlie Walk: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
NO. 91

Charlie Walk

48, Executive vp, Republic Records

Last year's rank: --

Walk says "operating on instinct" guided him through Republic's banner year as he ran point on Ariana Grande, Lorde and Enrique Iglesias' powerhouse marketing campaigns, restructured media with Joseph Carozza and cut a deal with John Varvatos Records (Zac Brown). Says Walk, "Sometimes you have to be willing to get thrown out of the building."

OVERUSED WORD: "'Smash.' And we ­happen to have a lot of smashes."

ON MY DVR: "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, which I loved."