John Esposito: The 2015 Billboard Power 100
NO. 66

John Esposito

59, President/CEO, Warner Music Nashville


Last year's rank: --

Since 2009, Esposito has helped Blake Shelton become a superstar, revamped the label's radio promotion staff and completely rebuilt the artist roster. He also grew Warner Music Nashville's country-album market share from 3.4 percent at the end of 2009 to 8.6 percent at the end of 2014. The latter figure is the equivalent market share of 1.2 percent of U.S. albums overall. Now, Esposito says the agenda is to make the "wonderful new artists we have developed -- Hunter Hayes, Frankie Ballard, Cole Swindell and Brett Eldredge, with Dan & Shay right behind them -- into household names."

HOW I RELAX: "The three B's: a beach with a book and a beer."

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