8. Randy Goodman

Chairman/CEO, Sony Nashville

Save for an initial exploratory conversation in 2014, Goodman, 59, wasn't approached for the top job at Sony Nashville until three long months after his predecessor, Gary Overton, had exited in March. But if he was a late choice, he also was a natural one: a veteran label executive who came up through the pre-Sony RCA ranks as then-label chief Joe Galante's No. 2 before ­exiting to found Disney's Lyric Street label.

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