Almost two years shy of the controversial 2017 departure of L.A. Reid, veteran industry executive Sylvia Rhone has been appointed as the new chairman and CEO of Epic Records — one of the four flagship labels under the Sony Music Entertainment umbrella, and home to artists like Travis Scott, Future, 21 Savage, and DJ Khaled.
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“Sylvia is a trailblazing and iconic executive who has played a critical leadership role in driving Epic’s recent artist development success,” Rob Stringer, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, said via statement. “Her wealth of experience and passionate support of artistic vision will help us further grow the reach of Epic’s roster around the world.”
With numerous roles throughout her career, including being the first African-American woman appointed as chairman of a major record label, she was instrumental in shaping careers of acts like Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Brandy, the late Gerald Levert, MC Lyte, and En Vogue.
“I am excited to continue my amazing journey at Epic Records … everything we do is a testament to our incredible artists who set the bar of the entire Epic culture, inspiring our dedicated executive team every day and enriching the legacy of this great label,” Rhone noted in a statement.
Reid, the labels former CEO stepped away in May 2017, three days before allegations “unlawful harassment” by a female employee surfaced.