Joel Klaiman Leaves Post as Columbia Records EVP/GM

Joel Klaiman is leaving his post as Columbia Records executive vp/GM. 

At the label since 2012, Klaiman was responsible for overseeing the label’s marketing, digital marketing, promotion, publicity, branding, sync licensing, video production and content development departments.

“I am leaving my role after an incredible six year run at Columbia Records,” Klaiman said in a statement. “I want to thank Rob Stringer for the opportunity and the support. Thank you to [chairman/CEO] Ron Perry. I wish  continued success to him and the Columbia team. I am excited for my next chapter.”

Klaiman, who has appeared on Billboard’s Power 100 list the past several years, helped keep a steady hand on Columbia for the eight months between Rob Stringer’s April 2017 ascension to CEO of Sony Music Entertainment and the January arrival of Perry. 

“Joel has been an integral and key part of the success of Columbia over the past six years. He is a great executive and I know he will succeed in his next endeavor,” said Stringer. 

Perry added, “I would like to thank Joel for his contributions to the Columbia team. I wish him continued success in his next phase.”

Among the careers Klaiman helped guide at Columbia are Adele, One Direction, Beyonce, David Bowie, Daft Punk, John Legend, The Chainsmokers, Hozier, HAIM, Maxwell and K-Pop juggernaut BTS.

Prior to his Columbia stint, Klaiman was exec vp of promotion and artist development at Republic Records for six years, working with such artists as Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne, Amy Winehouse and Florence + The Machine.

The Sharon, Massachusetts, native previously worked at Elektra, Sony’s 550 imprint and Epic Records.

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