Rhone Exits Universal Motown

Sylvia Rhone, president of Universal Motown and one of the most prominent women in the recording industry, stepped down from her post and is said to be considering other opportunities, according to the New York Times.

Rhone took the helm of Universal Motown in 2004 and oversaw artists including Erykah Badu, Akon, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.

She began her career in 1974 at Buddha Records, and in 1990 became the first African American woman to lead a major record company when she was tapped at Atlantic’s East West Records America.

She became chairwoman of Elektra Records in 1994.