Sylvia Rhone

Music Executive

Sylvia Rhone is a respected music executive who’s been flexing her talents for more than three decades. She’s held positions at labels such as ABC Records, Atlantic, Elektra, Universal and Motown. Rhone was the first African-American woman to head a major label when she was appointed CEO of Atlantic’s EastWest Records (American division) and the first African-American and woman to hold dual roles as chairman and CEO at a major record company when she was given the titles at Elektra Entertainment Group. Her influence has affected the careers of some of the industry’s top artists, her work has garnered numerous awards and accolades, and she’s been dubbed “the most powerful woman in the music business” by countless publications and industry insiders. The Harlem native resigned from her role as president of Universal Motown in 2011 and launched her own imprint, Vested in Culture, through Epic Records in 2013.