Republic Records promotes Jim Roppo to Executive Vice President and General Manager, the announcement comes from Republic Founder and Chairman Monte Lipman. In this new post, Roppo will oversee label operations for Republic and its various partners.
Lipman comments, “Jim has served as key architect for many campaigns over the years that not only yielded tremendous results, but also made an impact on Pop culture. His drive, determination, and competitive spirit are intoxicating. In his new role, Jim will have even more latitude to help steer the company into uncharted waters. I’m thrilled about this announcement.”
“Republic has a world-class roster and team,” adds Roppo. “The leadership is incredible. Charlie Walk is a creative force of nature. Avery Lipman operates with unmatched finesse and foresight. Monte is the ultimate coach, pushing you to not only meet your potential, but exceed it. A company hallmark is its focus on breaking new artists. That’s what inspires me the most. My passion for the business centers around the idea of turning other people on to great music. Republic gives me the opportunity to do just that.”
A 20-year veteran of Universal Music Group, Roppo has been a part of the Republic family since 2012. Most recently, he served as EVP, Marketing & Commerce. Throughout his tenure, he’s been at the forefront of historical campaigns for the likes of Drake, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, Post Malone, James Bay, and most recently Grammy Best New Artist nominee Julia Michaels, and many more. Prior to Republic, he logged 13 years at Island Def Jam Music Group, becoming Senior Vice President of Sales and working with Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Rihanna, and more. Jim proudly claims to have seen every iteration of the industry’s format evolution, kicking off his career at Los Angeles’s famed Aron’s Records during 1988 when vinyl gave way to CDs.