BerkleeICE Lecture SeriesWillard Ahdritz
Willard Ahdritz is the founder and CEO of Kobalt Music Group Ltd. As an early champion for transparency and maximizing the value of music, Ahdritz launched Kobalt in 2000 with a business model that applied strategies from changing industry structures and management of complex information flows to the global royalty collections and rights management process. Under his leadership, the company has grown to be a Top 5 publisher in the U.S. and No. 1 independent publisher in major markets such as the U.K. and Germany.
Ahdritz has more than 17 years experience in developing and running global music publishing and record label operations at Kobalt and at Sweden’s Telegram Records and Publishing (now part of Warner Music), as well as eight years of corporate strategy and financial experience from his tenure at LEK Consulting. Ahdritz holds degrees in finance and accounting from New York University's Stern School of Business/Stockholm School of Economics. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (RSA). In 2009 Ahdritz received the BVCA’s Venture Capital backed CEO of the Year Award in London.
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