Ron Laffitte, manager for Pharrell Williams, OneRepublic and Charlie Puth, among others, is stepping out of the Maverick Management consortium to run his operation independently, Billboard has confirmed. The manager has partnered with Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino in a new venture, bringing along his client roster which also includes Temple of the Dog, Backstreet Boys and Chris Cornell.
Laffitte was one of nine managers brought together by Maverick head Guy Oseary (Madonna, U2) in a venture that would share ideas, influence and resources. Launched with fanfare in 2014, the firm has since added Weeknd manager Tony Sal and former Capitol Records EVP Greg Thompson to its ranks, joining such veterans as Larry Rudolph and Adam Leber (Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus), Cortez Bryant and Gee Roberson (Nicki Minaj), Scott Rodger (Paul McCartney, Arcade Fire) and Clarence Spalding (Jason Aldean).
In September, when Oseary posted a photo on Instagram with the hashtag "#teammaverick," Laffitte was conspicuously absent.
According to sources, the two parted ways over the summer, though Latfitte continued to work out of Maverick's Beverly Hills offices and use a Maverick email address. Insiders also tell Billboard that Live Nation chief Rapino has continued to enthusiastically support Laffitte's enterprises.
Billboard has reached out to Laffitte and Live Nation for comment.