He is known to artists such as Kanye West and Beyonce simply as "Big Jon."
Jon Platt, a music-publishing veteran of EMI responsible for signing top hip-hop and R&B talent including Usher, Drake, Ludacris and others, announced Monday that he's landed at Warner Music Group as president of creative at Warner/Chappell, the company's publishing division.
The news is a coup for Cameron Strang, chief executive of Warner/Chappell. The publisher had spent months recruiting Platt, who announced in June that he was leaving EMI after 17 years with the British music publisher. Speculation raged over the summer as to whether Platt would join Strang or opt to rejoin his former mentor, Martin Bandier, at Sony Music Entertainment.
An imposing figure, Platt has physically and metaphorically towered over rival executives. Over the years, he's signed publishing deals with Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Mary Mary and others.