Kobalt Music President & CRO Laurent Hubert Joins NMPA Board

PRESS RELEASE  
For Immediate Release: January 18, 2018
Media Contact: Charlotte Sellmyer

Washington, D.C. – The National Music Publishers’ Association today announced Laurent Hubert will serve on its Board of Directors. Laurent joined Kobalt in 2016 as President and Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). Today, he oversees Kobalt’s global publishing division and neighboring rights’ divisions.

“We are pleased to welcome back Laurent Hubert – whose voice has always benefitted us,” said NMPA Board Chairman Irwin Robinson. “I look forward to his contributions as a wise and engaged member of our board.”

“Laurent is a veteran of our board and a key leader at Kobalt, and I am thrilled Willard Ahdritz has chosen him to once again join us,” NMPA President & CEO David Israelite said. ”We welcome the unique perspectives that Laurent and Kobalt bring as the publishing industry faces dynamic challenges and opportunities. Our board thrives on the experience of its members, and Laurent’s expertise in multiple facets of the publishing industry will be an important addition.”

“Today’s music environment is exciting but also continues to increase in complexity as the industry scales across new digital platforms, said Laurent Hubert, President & Chief Revenue Officer of Kobalt Music. “I am thrilled to be back and contributing to the NMPA board to ensure writers and publishers’ interests are looked after as the music industry continues to evolve.”

A native of France, Laurent Hubert, has over twenty years of international general management experience including twelve years in senior management roles within the music publishing industry.

Prior to joining Kobalt, he served as President, Marketing & Creative, at BMG, where he played a central role in reestablishing BMG as a global music powerhouse. Previously, he was the Worldwide COO for BMG Music Publishing. Under Hubert’s leadership at BMG, the company soared from a small independent music publisher to one of the largest music publishers in the world and the first new global player in the recordings business in decades.

Prior to BMG, Hubert was a partner at Parthian Strategies, a media advisory boutique.  At Parthian, he worked on a number of catalog valuation assignments on behalf of financial sponsors. Before joining the music industry, Hubert spent eight years in various marketing roles for Club Med where he spearheaded and directed many projects including opening new market segments and increasing brand visibility and sales.

He holds a management degree from the Ecole des Dirigeants & Createurs d’Entreprises in Paris, and a Master of International Affairs with a concentration in International Business and Finance from Columbia University in New York.  Hubert is also a private pilot with over 1,500 hours of flying time.

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