JOHN ESPOSITO, 63
Chairman/CEO, Warner Music Nashville
MARKET SHARE UP 20 PERCENT: Warner Music Nashville had enjoyed its strongest financial year in over a decade, sources tell Billboard, with an estimated 20 percent rise in its current country market share, to 1.2 percent, up from 1 percent the prior year, based on Nielsen Music data. (Warner Music Group does not break out its Nashville results.) Esposito cites the singer-songwriter duo Dan + Shay as the label’s breakout act of the past year with 625,000 U.S. equivalent album units earned for their self-titled 2018 release, and he says a planned international promotion should bring an “amazing global year” for the pair, which saw total consumption units grow to 1.7 million.