By Chris Willman
After months of speculation about what Sony Music’s leadership would do about the empty top spot in their Nashville office, a new CEO has been appointed for Sony’s country and Christian division. Randy Goodman, founder and former president of the defunct Lyric Street label, will take over from outgoing Sony Nashville head Gary Overton, multiple sources say. The ink is not yet dry on the contract, but is expected to be within 24 hours.
Another industry veteran who’d been rumored for the job, Ken Robold, is said to be coming in as Sony Nashville’s new general manager. Although Sony didn’t immediately confirm the reports, an announcement about Goodman’s and Robold’s respective appointments is believed to be imminent.
The news comes as a relief to many on Music Row who’d spent the last three and a half months wondering how Sony Nashville could continue without someone in charge. As everyone in town seemed to know — and the Wikileaks Sony documents dump confirmed — Sony had wanted to hire manager Jason Owen for the top job last year, well before Overton’s exit began to manifest. Having been turned down by Owen at the time, the company took another run at the Little Big Town/Shania Twain handler this spring, but he and Sony ultimately weren’t able to come to terms on a deal that would allow him to keep his management company, Sandbox Entertainment.