Sylvia Rhone

by Edward Cates
Sylvia Rhone
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Epic Records

Sylvia Rhone is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Epic Records. In this role, Rhone leads the overall creative direction and management of Epic Records, overseeing a roster of chart-topping artists.


Prior to this appointment, Rhone held the position of President of Epic Records since 2014, where she has guided the release of a number of leading hits. She has also overseen a diverse range of developing artists.


Rhone’s career in the music industry has spanned more than four decades. Prior to Epic Records, she helped guide an award-winning roster at Universal Music Group for eight years, where she was President of Universal Motown Records.


From 1994 to 2004, Rhone was Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group’s Elektra Entertainment Group, the first African American woman to be named Chairman of a major record company, guiding the careers of a diverse repertoire of artists, including Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Metallica, Third Eye Blind, Tracy Chapman, Gerald Levert, Yolanda Adams, Phish, Jason Mraz and others.


Rhone was the first woman to receive the Music Business’ Association Presidential Award for Sustained Achievement.


Rhone is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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