President, North America
Jon Platt is President, North America for Warner/Chappell Music, WMG’s music publishing arm. Jon, who joined WMG in 2012, works closely with Warner/Chappell’s Chairman, Cameron Strang, to drive the ongoing growth of the company, its diverse roster of songwriters, and its range of creative services.
Since joining WCM, he has been instrumental in attracting a wide range of new and established talent including Jay Z, Beyoncé, Mike WiLL Made It, Roc Nation’s publishing roster, Dave Mustaine, and Aloe Blacc, among others, while continuing to build relationships with songwriters such as Katy Perry, Nate Ruess, and Barry Gibb. Under Jon’s creative leadership, WCM was recently named Publisher of the Year at four of ASCAP’s most prestigious ceremonies – the Pop, Rhythm & Soul, Country and Latin Awards – as well as at BMI’s R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, all within a year’s time.
Jon previously spent 17 years at EMI Music Publishing, where artists/songwriters he signed at the outset of their careers included JAY Z, Kanye West, Usher, Drake, Ludacris, Mary Mary, Young Jeezy, Fabolous, and Snoop Dogg. He also signed Beyoncé and negotiated deals for Pharrell Williams and Sean “Puffy” Combs.
Jon has also served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the MusiCares Foundation, sits on the Board of the Living Legends Foundation, is an active supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation—where his wife, Angie, serves on the JDRF Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors—and in 2005 he launched the Big Jon Platt Scholarship Program, annually awarding three high school students from his hometown with college scholarships. He was the first music publisher to be featured in The Source magazine’s annual Power 30 issue, was named 2011 Music Visionary of the Year by the UJA-Federation of New York, and in 2015 received the Visionary Award at the annual SESAC Pop Music Awards. He began his career in the music business as a DJ in his native Denver, before moving to Los Angeles to manage producers.