Rob Stringer (born 13 August 1962 in Aylesbury, England) is an English record executive and CEO of the Sony Music Group. He has had the position since April 2017.
Robert Adrian Stringer
August 13, 1962
|Alma mater||Goldsmith's College|
|Occupation||Entrepreneur, record executive|
|Years active||1985 - present|
Stringer is fifth on the Billboard Power 100 and the younger brother of Sir Howard Stringer, who was Chairman and CEO of Sony Corporation until April 2012. He also is a shareholder in Luton town F.C..
Growing up in Aylesbury, Stringer had the opportunity to see a number of touring bands. In 1976, at the age of 14, he saw The Clash at one of their earliest shows. He went on to spend his teenage years watching punk bands at Aylesbury’s rock venue Friars where he got a job during his school holidays. The job furnished him with the opportunity to “sneak in to watch the soundchecks”, and he would later say of his time at the club that he “saw the cultural side, but the business side rubbed off on me too.”
During school holidays, Stringer visited his brother Howard (then the President of CBS) in New York, which resulted in the opportunity to assist with CBS television coverage at Republican and Democrat conventions in the 1980 and 1984 elections. In 1985, Stringer joined CBS Records as a graduate trainee.
Stringer’s progression in the music industry continued with roles at Epic Records and Sony Music UK. At the latter, Stringer had a role in signing Welsh rockers the Manic Street Preachers. Stringer, who remains close with the band, said: "I speak to all of them at least once a week and have done for 15 years. We've had lots of ups and downs."
Sony Music Entertainment (2017-present)
After a decade at Columbia Records, Stringer became the CEO of Sony Music succeeding Doug Morris in April 2017.
In his first year as CEO, Stringer oversaw a 12.2% increase in recorded music (up to $4.03 billion). This included an improvement of streaming revenues, which went up 37.3% to $1.8bn, and improvements in physical sales, which increased by just under $10m.
Stringer was awarded the UJA-Federation of New York’s Music Visionary of the Year Award in 2013 and Music Week’s Strat Award in 2014. In 2017, he received the Music Industry Trusts Award, which was presented by close friend Nicky Wire of the Manic Street Preachers.
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- "Rob Stringer receives the 2017 Music Industry Trusts Award". sonymusic.co.uk. 7 November 2017.
- Simon Duke (29 October 2017). "Rob Stringer interview: Streaming saved us, but it's still a fight to stay top of the charts". thetimes.co.uk.
- "Club Officials". lutontown.co.uk.