Sylvia Rhone smashed the C-suite ceiling long before such buzz words as diversity and gender parity came into the lexicon. In 1994 at the age of 42, she was running a major record company as chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group’s Elektra (Metallica, Missy Elliott and Natalie Merchant were among the hit artists on the roster at the time). She was already being recognized with such descriptors as “first woman” and “only African American” to hold such a title. A decade later, she would take the chief executive position again at Universal Motown (Akon, India.Arie, Erykah Badu). And for the three-peat, Rhone would ascend to chairwoman of Epic Records, home to Travis Scott, Camila Cabello and DJ Khaled, among others, in 2019.
To hear Rhone tell it, her current role at the Sony Music label outshines her previous accolades, as trailblazing as they were. “It’s profoundly more significant now