Johnny Marines has stepped down as president of Roc Nation Latino, Billboard has confirmed. The move was largely motivated by time constraints. Marines is Romeo Santos’ longtime manager, and the time consumed with Santos’ newly released Golden left little time for anything else.
“I stepped down for personal reasons,” Marines told Billboard. “I need to dedicate more time to my sons and to my family, and with Romeo’s album coming out it was going to be a lot. It was a tough decision. These [the Roc Nation team] are great people to work with. I’ve learned a tremendous amount. It was a tough decision but one I had to make.”
Santos will continue as the CEO of Roc Nation Latino and he will continue to be co-managed by Marines together with Roc Nation.
A joint statement issued by Roc Nation and Marines to Billboard echoed the words above: “Due to personal reasons, Johnny Marines will no longer serve as President of Roc Nation Latin. Roc Nation and Johnny Marines, in partnership, will continue to co-manage Romeo Santos. Johnny will always be a part of the Roc Nation family,” reads the statement.
Roc Nation Latino launched in June 2016 with Marines as president and Santos as CEO. Since then, Marines and Santos have signed half a dozen acts, including Karen Rodriguez, Victoria LaMala, Angel “Mr. Paradise” Batista, JayRo Rosado and more.
“I learned a tremendous amount from everyone at Roc Nation,” Marines said in the joint statement. “I’m stepping down to be able to dedicate more time to my son and family, but I’m glad we are still working together as a team with Romeo.”
Marines rose to prominence as the manager of Aventura, helming the group’s rise to become the most important bachata group in the country. He then continued as Santos’ manager since the launch of his solo career.
Santos is currently promoting Golden, which was released last week and is on track to debut at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Latin Albums chart.