Warner Music Group (WMG) today announced a leadership transition at the iconic Warner Bros. Records (WBR). Aaron Bay-Schuck will be named Co-Chairman & CEO and Tom Corson will be named Co-Chairman & Chief Operating Officer. Both will report to Max Lousada who, yesterday, began his new role as WMG’s CEO, Recorded Music. The duo will work as a partnership, with Corson running the label’s operations and Bay-Schuck leading WBR’s creative direction. Start dates for Corson and Bay-Schuck will be confirmed at a later time. Current Chairman & CEO Cameron Strang will step down at the end of 2017.
Corson will join from RCA Music Group, where he has been President & COO since 2011. Corson has worked at RCA Music Group since 2000 and, having overseen operations for J, Arista and RCA, he played a leading role in developing the careers of Alicia Keys, A$AP Rocky, Bleachers, Bryson Tiller, Chris Brown, Foo Fighters, G-Eazy, Justin Timberlake, Khalid, Kings of Leon, Kygo, Pentatonix, P!nk, Miley Cyrus, Shakira, Sia, SZA, Usher, Zayn and many others.
Bay-Schuck will join WBR from Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA) where, as President, A&R, he oversees A&R and creative development. Bay-Schuck works with a roster of artists that includes BØRNS, Daya, Gwen Stefani, Imagine Dragons, Lady Gaga, Lana Del Ray, Maroon 5, MGK, M.I.A, One Republic, Selena Gomez, Skylar Grey, X Ambassadors, and Zedd.
In making the announcement, Max Lousada said: “At WMG, we’re building a creative and entrepreneurial environment where artists can change culture and make music that matters. Tom and Aaron don’t just share our ambition; they both have it in their DNA. That’s why they’ll be such an inspiring duo at WBR, which is always strongest when it’s at its most daring and unexpected. At the cutting edge of a new generation of leaders, Aaron has impeccable taste and a rare ability to help distinctive artists grow into global superstars. Equally, Tom has a super-driven, imaginative approach to championing talent and mentoring executives, as well as a wealth of experience at both major and indie labels. They’re a dynamic combination that will bring in a fresh, new era at one of the greatest record labels of all time.”
Lousada added: “Cameron has guided WBR through a period of unprecedented change and has added to the label’s remarkable musical legacy. He will leave with our gratitude and utmost respect.”
Aaron Bay-Schuck said: “I must first and foremost say thank you to the artists who have trusted me, to the songwriters and producers who have delivered time and time again, to the publishers who have sent me their best songs, and to the managers and lawyers who have made me your first call. You all are the reason I am in this position. I am unbelievably excited to lead Warner Bros Records, in partnership with the one and only Tom Corson, into its rightful place as the most vibrant, diverse, forward-thinking, and artist-friendly music company on the planet. Lastly, I’d like to thank Max for his vision, trust, and for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity. ”
Tom Corson said: “I’ve long been in awe of the extraordinary lineage of artists and executives that are part of the Warner Bros. story, and I’m excited to join this legendary label at a time when our business is more dynamic than ever, creatively and commercially. Aaron is a world-class talent, and our partnership will be based on a joint commitment to build lasting careers for extraordinary artists that shape the popular zeitgeist. I’m looking forward to heading back to the West Coast and working with Max and Aaron to bring WBR, its artists and its team to new heights. Max has an inspirational vision and I want to thank him for opening the door to this new journey.”