Speaker Profile

Rhone Sylvia

Job TitleChairman & CEO

Company NameEpic Records (USA)


In 1994, Sylvia Rhone became the first African-American woman to lead a major record company when she was appointed chairman/CEO of Elektra Entertainment Group. Rhone was widely credited as changing the label’s culture for the better. She oversaw a broad roster, ranging from Metallica, AC/DC, Staind and Pantera to Björk, Tracy Chapman, Jason Mraz, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Yolanda Adams. Her staff, she says, “was just as diverse as our roster.” Ten years later, Sylvia was named president of Universal Motown Records and Executive VP at Universal Records in 2004. She stepped across to Epic Records in 2012 with her own Vested in Culture imprint before being named president in 2014. She has since been heading the label’s operations.


Epic Records was established in 1953, predominantly as a jazz and classical music label. It later expanded its scope to include diverse genres including pop, R&B, rock and hip hop. Over the years, the label has housed popular acts such as Boston, Celine Dion, Dave Clark Five, Fiona Apple, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, Pearl Jam, Sade, Shakira and Sly & the Family Stone.


Today, Epic Records continues to host an extensive and diverse roster of incomparable talent ranging from established artists like Judas Priest, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Outkast, Sade, and DJ Khaled; to new talent such as 21 Savage, A Great Big World, Future, Jidenna, Meghan Trainor, Camila Cabello, Travis Scott and Zara Larsson. Epic is part of the Sony Music Group.

Conference Sessions

  • Keynote Sylvia Rhone, Chairman & CEO, Epic Records (USA)

    05 Jun 2019, 05:00 PM - 05:30 PM, At Stand: Main Room

    During her first ever keynote, Sylvia Rhone will be interviewed by Dina LaPolt, in a truly unique conversation between two of the most powerful female influence...

    • Language: English
      1. Event
      2. Event Date
        Wed, Jun 5
      3. Event Theme
        Music Business

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