Atlantic Records Names Lanre Gaba New Co-President, Black Music
Lanre Gaba has been promoted to Co-President, Black Music for Atlantic Records. The highly respected leader, who is celebrating her 20th birthdayand anniversary with the label this year, was most recently General Manager/Executive Vice President of Atlantic of Black Music A&R. In his new role, Gaba will work alongside Black Music Co-Chairman Mike Kyser. Based at Atlantic’s New York headquarters, she reports jointly to Atlantic President and CEO Craig Kallman and President and CEO Julie Greenwald.
“Lanre’s growth over the past two decades has been a wonderful thing to see,” said Craig Kallman and Julie Greenwald. “She has become one of our company’s most admired and accomplished executives, driven by a true fan’s passion, deep knowledge and relentless work ethic. Our artists and team love her for her dedication, creativity and experience.
The combination of Lanre and Kyser will form a brilliant leadership duo for our Black Music department, as we continue to provide our artists with unparalleled dedication and resources to launch and build long-term careers. We congratulate Lanre on this well-deserved new position.
“I had an incredible career at Atlantic,” said Lanre Gaba. “To have had the opportunities that I have had every step of the way and to have been mentored by Craig and Julie has been an amazing experience. Atlantic was built on black music and an ongoing legacy of artist development.
We have the most exceptional artists on our list, whose music is moving culture. Our Black Music team is unmatched in the industry for our reputation for discovering new artists. I’m so excited to work with Kyser to continue building the best home for our talents to achieve their visions and for their music to reach fans around the world.
“Lanre’s knowledge and experience covers nearly every area of our business, from A&R to marketing to finance,” said Mike Kyser. “She has become one of the most versatile and impressive players in the industry, while playing a key role in the evolution of our Black Music department. I am very pleased to welcome him as a partner as we strive to elevate the level of services and expand the scope of support we provide to our amazing artists. I know we will do great things together.
Since joining Atlantic, Gaba has risen through the ranks, her role evolving to encompass A&R, marketing, strategic planning, finance and the label’s recording studio operations.
During her tenure with the company, she has worked closely with artists such as Cardi B, Roddy Ricch, Jack Harlow, Lil Uzi Vert, Gucci Mane, Burna Boy, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, YoungBoy Never Broke Again , the recent signing of FKA twigs, and many others. She also played a key role in the launch and development of Gucci Mane’s The New 1017 label, which led to the signing of rising star Pooh Shiesty.
In 2019, Gaba was named RIAA Executive of the Year at the inaugural RIAA Honors event, recognizing her role in developing major talent as well as her contributions to the advancement of women in the music industry. She was recognized by Billboard on its prestigious R&B and Hip-Hop Power Players list and in its Women in Music issue. In 2021, she was presented as Billboard Executive of the Week and honored on the magazine’s Agents of Change list for her advocacy efforts for racial justice and social change.
Gaba joined Atlantic in 2002 in the A&R Administration department, rising from Manager to Vice President. In 2015, she was named Head of Urban A&R Operations, and she became General Manager/Senior Vice President of Urban A&R in 2018. In January 2021, Gaba was named Executive Vice President of Black Music A&R.
Prior to Atlantic, she held positions at EMI Music Publishing and Ruffhouse Music Publishing. Gaba attended Syracuse University. She currently serves on the advisory board of New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and Gyrl Wonder, a mentorship organization for young women of color.