(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
Steve Greenberg has been named president of Columbia Records.
"He will work closely with me in Columbia's A&R activities and in developing strategies to further expand the label's presence in the marketplace," said Sony Music President/CEO Don Ienner. "Steve has drive, passion, and determination, he's a true music man. He knows just about every aspect of the business. His skills and abilities are a perfect complement to those of Will Botwin. With Steve in place, Will and the Columbia team will be absolutely unbeatable."
Greenberg most recently served as the president/CEO of S-Curve Records, which he founded in 2000. During his tenure with S-Curve he played a key role in the success of a wide range of projects, including releases from Fountains of Wayne (Welcome Interstate Managers, which was nominated for two 2003 Grammy awards) and Joss Stone (The Soul Sessions EP and the Mind, Body and Soul ).
Prior to founding S-Curve, Greenberg was senior vice-president/head of A&R for Mercury Records from 1996-1999. While at Mercury, he discovered Hanson and served as executive producer of their first album, Middle of Nowhere, which sold over 12 million copies worldwide and was nominated for three Grammy Awards. He also worked on albums by a number of Mercury artists, including Jon Bon Jovi's multi-million selling 1997 solo album, Destination Anywhere.
He previously held positions as an A&R executive at Atlantic Records from 1992 – 1995. From 1991-1992, he was head of A&R for Atlantic's Big Beat Records label. From 1988-1991 he served as director of international marketing/A&R for Warner Music International. Before that, he was staff writer for WEA International, based in New York. From 1982-1984 he worked as a radio and print journalist, based first on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and subsequently in the Middle East. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen