Variety reports Lanre Gaba has been promoted to co-president of Black music for Atlantic Records, just in time for her 20th anniversary with the company. Lanre Gaba will now work beside her colleague and co-president Mike Kyser and report directly to chairman-CEO Craig Kallman and chairman-COO Julie Greenwald.
“Lanre’s growth over the past two decades has been a wonderful thing to witness,” said Kallman and Greenwald, according to Variety. “She’s evolved into one of the most admired and accomplished execs in our business, driven by a real fan’s passion, deep knowledge and relentless work ethic. Our artists and our team love her for her devotion, creativity, and experience. The combination of Lanre and Kyser will make a brilliant leadership duo for our Black Music department, as we continue to provide our artists unparalleled dedication and resources to launch and build long-term careers.”
According to Variety, Lanre Gaba also made a statement:
“I’ve had an amazing journey at Atlantic. To be given the opportunities I’ve had at every step of the way, and to have been mentored by Craig and Julie has been an extraordinary experience. Atlantic was built on Black music and a continued legacy of artist development. We have the most exceptional artists on our roster, whose music moves the culture. Our Black music team is unmatched in the industry for our reputation in breaking new artists. I’m so excited to work with Kyser to continue to build the best home for our talent to realize their visions and for their music to reach fans across the globe.”
Lanre Gaba’s Career
While serving at Atlantic Records, Lanre Gaba has been the brains behind A&R, marketing, strategic planning, finance, and studio operations, Variety reports. Gaba has worked with some notable industry names, including Cardi B, Roddy Ricch, Lil Uzi Vert, Burna Boy, and more.
Gaba was also named RIAA Executive of the Year in 2019. In addition, she currently serves on the advisory board of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in New York and at mentor organization Gyrl Wonder.