Status Profile: Sylvia Rhone

Sylvia Rhone defied the definition of “working woman” since her days in college. Born in raised in Harlem, NY, Sylvia Rhone attended Wharton School and majored in Economics. Rhone traded in her business skirts for dress pants and left corporate America to pursue her passion for the music industry and in 1988 she became the Vice President of Atlantic Records. She became the first black woman to head a major US record label, and in 1990 she advanced as CEO of Atlantic division Eastwest Records, heading acts like En Vogue and Missy Elliott.

Sylvia’s business ethics and fashion style begin to mark her as a “woman to know” in the industry, and in 1994 she became the CEO of Elektra Records. Her time at Elektra was most notable because she was responsible for the merging of Elektra, East West and Sire Records. Rhone left in 2004 and became president of Universal Music Group Motown Records, which is now Universal Motown. Rhone deals with the management of acts like Q-Tip, India Arie, and Melanie Fiona. One look at the roster of artists she has managed and the business deals she has maneuvered, there is no question that Sylvia Rhone is a music industry legend that many ladies (and gentleman) can take notes from.

By: Sarah J

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