Heath Kudler appointed EVP, Global Repertoire Acquisition, for WMG
Heath Kudler has been appointed Executive Vice President, Global Repertoire Acquisition, for Warner Music Group (WMG). In this newly created position, Kudler will be exploring a broad range of opportunities to expand the company’s musical portfolio, including bringing new artists, labels, and master catalogs into the WMG fold. Kudler, who previously held senior business & legal affairs positions at Epic Records and Island Def Jam, is based at WMG’s New York headquarters and reports to Stu Bergen, WMG’s CEO, International and Global Commercial Services.
“With two decades of music industry experience under his belt, Heath has developed invaluable relationships across the globe, and he comes to WMG with a unique range and depth of involvement with both the business and creative communities,”said Stu Bergen. “We are constantly seeking to enhance and expand WMG’s outstanding roster of artists and labels, and Heath will be a tremendous asset as we leave no stone unturned to bring the world’s best music into the WMG family.”
“I’m thrilled to be joining WMG at this dynamic time in the company’s illustrious history,” said Heath Kudler. “There’s a wealth of music in the world looking for the right home, and WMG’s artist-centric culture makes it the most welcoming environment for talent that spans genres and eras. I can’t wait to work with the fantastic WMG team across the globe, and I thank Steve Cooper and Stu Bergen for this wonderful opportunity.”
Prior to joining WMG, Kudler was with Epic Records from 2011 to 2014, most recently serving as EVP of Business & Legal Affairs. He previously spent 15 years at Island Def Jam Music Group, where he moved up the ranks from legal intern at the company’s Mercury label to IDJ’s SVP of Business & Legal Affairs.Kudler earned his JD degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1996.