Atlantic Records announced Tuesday (Jan. 16) A&R veteran Pete Ganbarg has been promoted to the newly created position of president of A&R. Ganbarg will continue to oversee A&R for Atlantic as well as its subsidiary labels, including Fueled By Ramen and Roadrunner.
“Atlantic is above all an A&R-driven company, and Pete is the consummate A&R person,” said Atlantic chairman and CEO Craig Kallman and chairman & COO Julie Greenwald in a joint statement. “He has all the elements that go into great A&R — ears, instinct, taste, and experience — combined with the qualities that make him an extraordinary leader and mentor. Over the past decade, Pete has expertly championed our mission to bring best-in-class artists in every genre into the Atlantic family, and give them the environment to do their best and most creative work. Everything we do stems directly from the artists and the music that Pete and his incredible team sign, nurture, and develop — from brand new acts to superstars.”
As a music industry veteran who began his career nearly 30 years ago, Ganbard started at SBK Records in 1989 and later on joined Arista Records as senior director of A&R. Ganbarg moved to Atlantic in 2008 as evp of A&R where he has led the A&R team through many accomplishments. He has personally signed or shepherded recordings by Billboard chart-topping artists such as Skrillex, Christina Perry, Jason Mraz and Theory of a Deadman and has also served an instrumental role in Atlantic’s success in the Broadway arena, signing and repping the Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording), as well as signing Dear Evan Hansen lead, Ben Platt, to an Atlantic solo deal.
Ganbarg is also a Grammy nominee this year as a producer of the Dear Evan Hansen (Original Broadway Cast Recording). He also co-produced this week’s No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 album chart, The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which features the 2018 Golden Globe-winning song, “This Is Me.”
“Having the opportunity to lead Atlantic’s A&R efforts for the last ten years has truly been a career high for me,” said Ganbarg in a statement. “Craig and Julie are the absolute best at what they do, and I am thrilled to be able to continue this amazing journey with them. I am so grateful for their belief and support.”