Kobalt Promotes Jeannette Perez To President & Chief Operating Officer

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Perez to Partner with CEO Laurent Hubert to Run Day-to-Day Operations

Kobalt has promoted Jeannette Perez from chief experience officer to the position of president & chief operating officer. In the new role, Perez will partner with Kobalt CEO, Laurent Hubert, to run the day-to-day operations of the company. In addition to her previous role, she will now also oversee creative A&R, publishing operations, and the company’s continued efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Additionally, she will continue to oversee synch & brand partnerships, business development, marketing, Kobalt’s international offices and writer & publisher relations.

Under Perez’s leadership as chief experience officer, she has transformed Kobalt’s client operations through an enhanced writer and publisher relations service, continues to drive Kobalt’s global synch business and works closely with Kobalt’s regional offices to further international growth, most recently hiring Stephane Berlow as managing director in Paris.  

“I am thrilled to announce Jeannette's promotion as President and COO of Kobalt,” said Kobalt CEO, Laurent Hubert. “Over the past couple of years, Jeannette has played a key part in Kobalt’s success. From creating one of the best synch teams in the business to advancing key DEI initiatives at Kobalt, she is an integral part of the company. I am excited to work in close partnership with her and to achieve new milestones for our clients.”

Kobalt Founder and Chairman Willard Ahdritz commented, "From the moment she joined Kobalt, I knew that Jeannette would grow into a great leader. She has an innate understanding of our culture and leads by always keeping our clients' best interests in mind.  She delivers at the highest level and continuously sets new standards for artist and songwriter services. The music industry needs more leaders like Jeannette, and I am excited to have her work alongside Laurent and take on the post of President and COO, a role that will allow her to play an even more important part in our success.”

Perez stated, “Thank you to Willard, Laurent and the entire Kobalt family for the opportunity to grow as an executive within this organization. Kobalt is a music company that truly epitomizes what it means to be innovative, honest and transparent. Our creative and administrative service offerings combined with our technology have made Kobalt a premier destination for artists and songwriters. I am excited to work closely with Laurent and the entire team at Kobalt to build upon Willard’s future-forward vision and artists first philosophy. 

Perez is a widely respected and recognized leader in the industry, honored for her work and sought after for her expertise, including serving in the renowned music juries for Cannes Lions (’18) and Clio Music (’19). Additional awards include: Billboard’s Women in Music (‘20, ‘19), Billboard Branding Power Player (’19; ’18), Billboard International Power Player (’19), Billboard Indie Power Player (’17) and Billboard 40 under 40 (’15). Prior to joining Kobalt, Perez worked at Sony Music Entertainment for twelve years where she most recently served as their vice president of music for brands & advertising. Perez holds a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.

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