Effective immediately, Chris Brown has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Elektra Entertainment and Co-Head of Roadrunner Records.
Meanwhile, while Katie Robinson has been named Head of Marketing, overseeing campaigns for the entire list of Warner Music Groupfrom Electra Entertainment.
Rounding out a trio of promotions, Johnny Minardi was promoted to Head of Fueled by Ramen and Co-Head of Roadrunner Records.
Minardi – who was also named SVP of A&R, Elektra Entertainment – will handle Fueled by Ramen’s roster of alternate artists like Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco, and Twenty One Pilots, and, alongside Brown, Roadrunner’s hard rock bands such as Turnstile, Gojira and Slipknot.
Robinson and Minardi will remain based in Los Angeles and Brown in New York, all reporting to the president of Elektra Entertainment. Gregg Nadel.
Chris Brown most recently served as Head of Marketing for Elektra Entertainment, where he led marketing campaigns for Slipknot, Turnstile, Panic! to The Disco, Fall Out Boy, and more, as well as overseeing the label group’s overall marketing strategies.
Prior to assuming the role in 2018, Brown spent over 12 years at Roadrunner Records where he rose through the ranks to SVP of Marketing for Roadrunner/Fueled by Ramen.
Katie Robinson joined Warner Music Group in 2019 as Vice President of Marketing for Elektra Entertainment, being appointed SVP in 2022.
Robinson previously worked with the Atlantic Records and Powered by Ramen lists from 2006-2013, including Bruno Mars, Paramore and Fun.
During her current tenure, she has overseen campaigns for Twenty One Pilots, Maisie Peters, jxdn, A Day To Remember, Alec Benjamin, and more. Prior to Elektra, Robinson held marketing roles at Red Bull Records and Interscope, working with The 1975, Madonna and others.
Johnny Minardi was previously Vice President of A&R for Elektra Entertainment and before that he was Senior Director, A&R. Among his notable label signings, Minardi has inked artists such as Tones and I, Fall Out Boy, The Band CAMINO, Grandson, Nothing, Nowhere., and played a key role in the integration of Travis Barker’s DTA Records. in the fold of Elektra.
Minardi’s A&R experience includes positions at Fueled by Ramen and Atlantic Records as well as a brief stint at Equal Vision Records. At just 18, Minardi founded his own independent label, Little League Records.
Launched in 2018, Elektra Entertainment (formerly known as Elektra Music Group) includes Electra, Powered by Ramenand Roadrunner Records.
Elektra Entertainment was born out of the Elektra Records label, originally founded by Jac Holzman in 1950. Elektra Entertainment is one of the “pillars” forming 300 Elektra Entertainment (3EE), the frontline label group uniting 300 and Elektra under the direction of CEO Kevin Liles.
The promotions follow the news which Electra Records co-chairman Mike Easterlin said resigned from his position at Warner Music Group– label due.
Easterlin will continue to work with WMG as a consultant for its artist services division, WMX.
This decision allows Gregg Nadel to continue to be the sole chairman of Elektra, under the 300 Elektra Entertainment banner.
“These well-deserved new positions will give them the opportunity to continue to lead, nurture and promote our remarkable talent, while helping to shape the future sound and direction of Elektra.”
Commenting on the new promotions, Gregg Nadel said, “Elektra’s fierce commitment to artist development is matched only by our dedication to executive development, and it’s been a privilege to watch Chris, Katie and Johnny become their own leaders.
“Elektra wouldn’t be what it is today without them. They have all individually had such a strong and tangible impact and delivered outstanding results that have lifted our artists onto the world stage.
Nadel added: “In addition to bringing passion and creativity to everything they do, they have inspired and empowered their teams to do the same.
“These well-deserved new positions will give them the opportunity to continue to lead, nurture and promote our remarkable talent, while helping to shape the future sound and direction of Elektra.”The music industry around the world