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Benny Pough is President of Roc Nation, a full-service record label founded by Jay-Z in 2008. With offices in New York City and Los Angeles, Mr. Pough oversees a diverse roster of breakthrough, bestselling recording artists, including The Carters, Rihanna, J. Cole, Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, Jay Park, Belly, Casanova, Mozart La Para, Dorothy and Vic Mensa.

Prior to joining Roc Nation in January 2018, Mr. Pough was Executive Vice President of Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, where he oversaw day-to-day operations. Promoted to that role by former Epic chairman and CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Mr. Pough had previously overseen the label’s promotion and marketing strategies as Executive Vice President of Urban Music. He’s credited with leading Epic’s urban team to great success, with the company notching five Top 5 hits in 2017 alone, including songs by DJ Khaled, French Montana, Travis Scott and Future. For his work with those artists, Mr. Pough was recognized as one of Variety‘s 2017 Hitmakers. During his five-year tenure at Epic, he also signed artists Future and Yo Gotti.

Before arriving at Epic in 2012, Mr. Pough was Senior Vice President of Promotion at Universal Music Group’s Island Def Jam. He joined the company in 2003 and helped propel Justin Bieber and Kanye West to superstardom, among many others.

Mr. Pough was previously Vice President of Promotion at MCA Records for seven years and launched his career in music in 1990 as Regional Promotions Manager for Motown Records.

A powerhouse record executive with nearly 30 years of experience in the music industry and a keen eye and ear for talent that is unmatched, Mr. Pough has been instrumental in delivering radio hits and breaking superstar artists such as Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, Young Jeezy and Kanye West. His core competencies include sales and promotions, negotiations, and new business development. Indeed, Mr. Pough has helped define and shape the sound and culture of music worldwide.

Beyond his illustrious music career, Mr. Pough has a strong interest and love for art, wine collection, and real estate investment. He currently resides in New Jersey.

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