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Ron Perry Officially Named Chairman/CEO of Columbia Records

As widely expected, Columbia Records today officially named Ron Perry, 38, as its new chairman/CEO.

As widely expected, Columbia Records today officially named Ron Perry as its new chairman/CEO. Perry takes over a role that was most recently held by Rob Stringer, who has been doing double duty in the position since being promoted to CEO of Sony Music Entertainment in April.

The move had been rumored for months while Perry had been serving as president of SONGS Music Publishing, a role he has held since 2004. When SONGS sold to Kobalt Capital’s fund for an estimated $140 million in December, the path cleared for him to exit the company and make the move to Columbia. His first day in charge will be Monday (Jan. 8) and he will report to Stringer. And at 38, Perry will be the youngest executive in charge of a major label, a designation that will last until Aaron Bay-Schuck takes over as co-chairman/CEO of Warner Bros. Records later this year.

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“Ron is an immensely dynamic and forward thinking executive who excels at bringing the best out of artistic vision,” Stringer said in a statement. “After his enormous success in recent years, we are thrilled to have Ron join Sony Music and lead the great team and unparalleled roster at the legendary Columbia Records label.”

At SONGS, Perry was credited with signing Lorde, Diplo, The Weeknd, Desiigner and Major Lazer, among others, building the company up to a 5.41 percent market share by the fourth quarter of 2016, good for sixth among all publishers. At Columbia, he’ll be working with a roster that boasts superstars like Adele and Beyoncé and that made waves in 2017 with releases by The Chainsmokers, LCD Soundsystem, Calvin Harris, Tyler, the Creator and Arcade Fire, all of whom are nominated for Grammy Awards later this month.

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“I want to thank Rob for the extraordinary opportunity to run the premier label in the history of music,” Perry said in a statement. “To embark as the curator of this storied company is both the highest and most humbling career achievement I could imagine. Columbia Records has stood the test of time as the industry’s marquee home for the world’s greatest stars. Rob has handed off an extremely talented team at Columbia. I look forward to building on his successes, while developing culturally innovative new artists and extending Columbia’s unprecedented run at the top into the future.”