We’re a passionate team, deeply committed to reinventing the music industry so that it works better for creators.
Founder & Chief Executive OfficerView Bio
Willard founded KobaIt in 2000. He has more than 20 years of global publishing experience, and eight years of consulting experience in corporate strategy at L.E.K Consulting. He also co-founded Telegram Records & Publishing in his native Sweden.
Willard holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rudbecksskolan in Orebro, Sweden, as well as a Masters in Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics, NYU Stern Graduate Division in New York. He Is a board member of the National Music Publishers Association and a Royal Society of the Arts Fellow. Willard lives in New York with his family.
President & Chief Revenue OfficerView Bio
Laurent joined Kobalt in 2016 in order to run its newly formed B2B rights management platform and investments division. 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.
Chief Creative OfficerView Bio
Sas joined Kobalt in January 2001 as its first employee. Her previous roles within Kobalt include Executive VP Creative and Creative Director. Prior to Kobalt, Sas spent three years as Head of A&R at EMI Records UK, and before that was Head of A&R at Warner Chappell Music Publishing UK. She started her career at CBS Records where she was a Marketing Assistant before moving to help set up independent record label Rockin’ Horse Records.
Chief Operating OfficerView Bio
James – aka “Fitz”— joined Kobalt in 2001. He brought more than 15 years of experience in music publishing, and also worked as a consultant with L.E.K. Consulting, focusing on M&A and corporate strategy. He received an M.A. from Cambridge University
Chief Technology OfficerView Bio
Rian Liebenberg joined Kobalt in 2018 as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). He brings over 20 years of technology leadership experience in building scalable products, teams and businesses.
Prior to joining Kobalt, Rian was the CTO at Schibsted Media Group, served as CEO for a 3D mapping and location services startup, having previously worked as Director of Engineering at Google, and before that led all Engineering initiatives for lastminute.com.
Rian studied Computer Sciences in Cape Town, and served as an Officer in the South African Navy.
Chief Financial OfficerView Bio
Tom joined Kobalt in 2016, after serving as Gilt Groupe’s COO & CFO, where he oversaw a period of unprecedented growth. Prior to that, he spent over a decade at “Big Four” public accounting firms, advising Fortune 500 companies, private equity clients, and startups in Tech, Media, & Telecom industries. He holds a BA from Gettysburg College, an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and is a certified CPA.
Avid Larizadeh Duggan
EVP, Chief Strategy and Business OfficerView Bio
Avid has been involved in the tech ecosystem as a developer, product manager, founder, investor, and adviser since 1998.
Prior to Kobalt, Avid was a General Partner at GV. Avid is a non executive director on the board of Barclays Bank UK PLC and a member of the Harvard Business School European Advisory Board. She has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chief Marketing OfficerView Bio
Ryan joined Kobalt in 2013. He brings over 20 years of experience in managing artists and brands globally, with deep expertise in marketing, PR, consumer insight, and brand partnerships. Ryan was previously Senior Vice President at Sony Music, leading the company’s global marketing group. Ryan has also held senior leadership positions at Sony BMG, BMG, Jive Records, and Samsung.
Chief Commercial OfficerView Bio
Simon joined Kobalt in 2006. He has more than 10 years of music industry experience, including leading strategic projects and new initiatives. Prior to joining Kobalt, Simon worked as a consultant across a wide range of industries. He holds a B.S. from Bristol University
President, Global Synch and Brand PartnershipsView Bio
Jeannette Perez joined Kobalt in 2014. With more than 14 years of experience, Jeannette has expertise in the art of creative music placement, business development, licensing, copyright, and valuation of music rights. Jeannette previously held roles in synch at Sony Music and RCA Records, as well as in Business & Legal Affairs at Sony BMG. Jeannette has a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.
Group General CounselView Bio
Christiaan joined Kobalt in 2005 as the Head of Legal and Business Affairs, before transitioning to his current role. Prior to joining Kobalt, he worked in the Music Group at Harbottle & Lewis, a leading West End media firm, for five years. Christiaan holds an LLB from Durham University and a LLM from Kings College London. He trained at Clifford Chance in the City of London, qualifying as a solicitor in 1999. In his spare time, Christiaan moonlights as a DJ.
Chief People OfficerView Bio
Marissa joined Kobalt in 2012, bring 20 years of human resources management experience in the music industry. She previously led human resources at Sony Music in North America. Marissa also worked at BMG Label Group, RCA Music Group, and J Records.
President, AWALView Bio
Paul joined Kobalt in 2011, and brings more than 25 years of experience in the music industry. He was a co-founder of three prominent digital music companies: Playlouder, CI, and MSP. Prior to Kobalt, Paul also worked at BMG Music and Warner Music. He holds an Economics degree from Cambridge University. He is a Royal Society of the Arts Fellow, and has a history of curating many contemporary art projects. Paul got his start in the music business as a guitarist and record producer.
Managing Director, Kobalt Neighbouring RightsView Bio
Ann joined Kobalt in 2013 to head up Kobalt Neighbouring Rights, drawing on her more than 20 years of experience in rights management administration. This included holding a position as the Director of European Regional Administration at Universal Music Publishing. Prior to that, she was UMP’s Global Copyright Director
Senior Vice President Business Affairs, US General CounselView Bio
Jim joined in Kobalt in 2012. Jim was previously Senior Vice President, Business Affairs at Ultra Music, a leading independent label and music publisher. Prior to that, Jim was a music partner at the law firm of Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein.
Chief Executive Officer, Kobalt Capital Ltd.View Bio
Johan joined Kobalt in 2010 to set up the first regulated investment fund dedicated to music royalty investments, Kobalt Capital Ltd. Prior to joining Kobalt, Johan was a founder and Director of CASE Advisors Ltd, a co-founder of Allianz Hedge Fund Partners, and a Director and Senior Marketing Officer at Citigroup. He holds a Master in Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Chief Executive Officer, AWALView Bio
Lonny joined Kobalt in 2016, with over 10 years of media experience. Prior to joining Kobalt, he held positions at RCA, Sony BMG and Bain & Company, in addition to running his own artist management company. He holds an MBA from Stanford.
Managing Director, NordicsView Bio
Johan is the co-founder of independent record label Diesel Music and digital distributor Klicktrack. He has been with Kobalt since its inception in 2000 and is a board member. Prior to Kobalt, Johan spent more than 15 years in the studio as a producer and composer, achieving sales in excess of two million albums. Johan has held board seats in performing rights society STIM, the Swedish Society of Songwriters Composers and Authors SKAP, and the Swedish Independent Labels Association SOM.
Managing Director, GermanyView Bio
Matthias has 20 years of global music publishing and artist management experience. He started his career 1995 at Polygram Music Publishing in New York and relocated to Germany in 1999 to launch the domestic publishing division of the PIAS Group. In 2004 he joined the Kobalt Music Group and established the groups German affiliate in 2008.
President, Kobalt Latin AmericaView Bio
Nestor joined Kobalt in 2014, with over 35 years of experience in the music industry. Prior to Kobalt, Nestor was at the helm of both the recorded music and publishing side of EMI Latin America as CEO rolling out for the first time ever a Global Rights Management Model in the world, combining both structures in the region.
Managing Director, Australia & General Manager AsiaView Bio
Simon opened the Sydney office as Managing Director in 2010, he was previously Head of A&R at both EMI Music and Sony/ATV. Simon guides and oversees the Publishing, Label Services and Neighbouring Rights divisions for AU/NZ markets. Most recently, Simon was appointed to the additional role of General Manager Kobalt Music Group Asia to establish Kobalt Music in this region, with the office based in Hong Kong.
Director, Asia PacificView Bio
Being a CPA in substance and a musician at heart, Kenney has been serving the music industry for 15 years. He is experienced in planning, developing, and managing Asia regional publishing business, creative service as well as catalogue acquisition. Kenney started his career at Ernst & Young and served Rock Music Publishing Hong Kong, Warner Music Hong Kong, peermusic (S.E.Asia) and BMG Rights Management Greater China before joining Kobalt in December 2015.
Head of Global Publishing OperationsView Bio
Scott has over 25 years of music industry experience working for major & indie music publishers, with collective management organizations and artist management across a broad range of areas including; operations, international, copyright, licensing, creative and business & project development which has given him a rounded overview of our industry. Previous positions include; COO of AMRA, MD of Kobalt Stim Aggregated Rights AB, Head of New Business, Head of Media Licensing & International Director at STIM and SVP Creative & International at Palan Music Publishing Limited. Scott has also having worked at BMG Music Publishing Limited, EMI Music Publishing and PRS,
Chairman of the BoardView Bio
Tim joined Balderton as a General Partner in 2007. He was previously a partner of Goldman Sachs where he spent 18 years. At Goldman, Tim held various roles including Global Head of Equity Capital Markets (2002 to 2005) and Vice-Chairman of Goldman Sachs International (2005 to 2006). Tim started to work with Balderton and its portfolio of companies in 2005. In 2006 Tim spent a period as non-executive chairman of Betfair. Tim is also a Governor of Wellington College and the Wellington Academy; a Trustee of the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Education: Tim is a graduate of the University of Cambridge.
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