Robert Kync named CEO of Warner Music Group

By | September 21, 2022

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NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Robert Kyncl has been named chief govt of Warner Music Group Corp. (Nasdaq: WMG), efficient January 1, 2023. Kyncl is at the moment Chief Business Officer at YouTube, the place he has been instrumental in its phenomenal progress throughout all platforms. To make sure a easy management transition, Kyncl and present WMG CEO Steve Cooper will function co-CEOs for the month of January 2023. Efficient February 1, 2023, Kyncl will turn out to be the only real CEO of WMG and assume the board seat of Cooper on the board of WMG. Administrators.

Since 2010, Kyncl has performed a central position in YouTube’s technique and affect on leisure and tradition, together with overseeing its artistic and enterprise partnerships, in addition to its operations. He led the event and enlargement of YouTube’s ecosystem of creators, artists and media firms, whereas serving to lead the launch of its paid subscription providers, YouTube Music, YouTube Premium and YouTube TV. Previous to YouTube, Kyncl spent seven years at Netflix, the place he led the push in the direction of film and TV content material streaming, serving to the corporate turn out to be an leisure large.

Cooper is the longest-serving CEO in WMG’s historical past, having been appointed in August 2011, following Entry Industries’ buy of the corporate from Len Blavatnik. Beneath Cooper’s management, the corporate elevated its funding in artists and songwriters, elevated its international market share, and diversified its income streams. The primary music leisure firm to declare streaming its largest income for recorded music, WMG has now earned a fame as a Net 3.0 innovator. Over the previous decade, the corporate has acquired firms akin to Parlophone Label Group, Gold Hurricane, Spinnin’ and 300, launched operations in over 20 extra international locations and assembled a community of D2C locations beneath the WMX banner.

The WMG Board of Administrators stated, “After in depth analysis, we’re delighted to nominate Robert Kyncl, who will function an distinctive chief for WMG’s continued transformation and success. We thank Steve for his many accomplishments over greater than a decade, and stay up for welcoming our new CEO in January.

Len Blavatnik, Founder and Chairman of Entry Industries, stated, “Robert is the proper CEO to satisfy this second. His mastery of expertise within the service of creativity will open new alternatives on a big scale for artists, songwriters and their groups. He sees the horizon to search out methods to make world-class leisure accessible to everybody.

He added: “It might be exhausting to overstate our gratitude to Steve for all his experience and exhausting work. He has finished an distinctive job of taking the corporate from decline to progress and main its IPO in 2020. He has constructed a powerful administration group and tradition, and his tenure at WMG will profit the ecosystem. music for years to return.

Robert Kyncl stated: “Music is an unimaginable artistic drive, with an unparalleled skill to convey emotion, construct neighborhood and propel change. We’re solely at the start of what’s attainable in recognizing the true energy, worth and attain of music. Due to Steve and his group, WMG could be very nicely positioned for a way forward for serving artists and songwriters, and their followers. I stay up for collaborating with Max [Lousada]Dude [Moot]Cariane [Marshall]and all the firm’s leaders, and I thank the WMG Board of Administrators, Len and Steve, for this distinctive alternative at this iconic firm.

Steve Cooper stated: “Robert is a improbable selection for CEO. He’s an especially gifted govt who will carry dynamic power to WMG and the music leisure trade. He may have world-class companions inside WMG’s senior management and international group. I am very happy with every part we have achieved collectively, attracting and nurturing unimaginable artists and songwriters, whereas being on the forefront of the trade in using new applied sciences and increasing into Rising Markets. As soon as the sleek switch with Robert is full, I stay up for changing into a full-time fan of the very best group within the enterprise.

Recruited by Netflix in 2003 to work on its DVD-to-Mail enterprise, Kyncl volunteered to discover the potential of video streaming in 2005 and helped launch Netflix’s streaming service in 2007. Having cast high-profile relationships stature via leisure tradition, he joined YouTube in 2010. He started his profession within the mailroom of a expertise company, J. Michael Bloom, then labored for HBO Worldwide, earlier than becoming a member of a start-up leisure for youngsters, ALFY.

Robert Kyncl and his spouse Luz run the Kyncl Household Basis, which offers monetary help to college students from underrepresented communities pursuing a STEM schooling. A sought-after speaker on cultural and technological developments, he’s co-author of Streampunks: YouTube and the Rebels Are Remaking Media. He holds an MBA from Pepperdine College and a BS in Worldwide Relations from SUNY New Paltz.

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About Warner Music Group
With a heritage spanning greater than 200 years, Warner Music Group (WMG) at this time brings collectively artists, songwriters and entrepreneurs who’re altering the tradition of leisure world wide. Working in over 70 international locations via a community of associates and licensees, WMG’s Recorded Music division contains famend labels akin to 300 Leisure, Asylum, Atlantic, Huge Beat, Canvasback, Elektra, Erato, First Night time, Fueled by Ramen, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Sire, Spinnin’, Warner Data, Warner Classics and Warner Music Nashville. WMG’s music publishing arm, Warner Chappell Music, has a catalog of over a million copyrights spanning each style of music, from Nice American Songbook requirements to the best hits of the twenty first century. Warner Music Group can also be residence to ADA, the impartial artist and label providers firm, in addition to the next-generation artist providers division WMX, which incorporates shopper manufacturers akin to Songkick, the stay music app; EMP, the e-merchant of products; UPROXX, the youth tradition vacation spot; and HipHopDX, the hip-hop music data web site. As well as, WMG counts storytelling powerhouse Warner Music Leisure and social media content material creator IMGN amongst its many manufacturers. Comply with WMG on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Fb.

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