MNRK Chief Executive Chris Taylor Abruptly Resigns; Transition Happening in Less Than a Month

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MNRK Music Group CEO Chris Taylor abruptly resigns, with COO Sean Stevenson stepping into the lead role upon Taylor’s exit in less than a month.

MNRK Music Group has announced that company president and chief executive Chris Taylor has resigned from the company effective June 28, taking the artist management division with him. Sean Stevenson, Chief Operating Officer of MNRK Music Group, will step into the lead position upon Taylor’s exit.

“We wish Chris the best in his future endeavors,” states Stevenson, who will lead the company as of July 1. “He’s been a great leader and partner over the years, and I look forward to continuing the growth of MNRK with the whole team.”

Stevenson joined MNRK in 2018 as Executive Vice President and General Manager. Across his 23-year career as a marketing and public relations exec, Stevenson has led strategy, concept development, digital and social media campaigns for brands like Coca Cola, EMI, MTV, Nike, Samsung, Universal, and Warner Bros.

Chris Taylor joined the company in 2016 to run the music division of Entertainment One (eOne). As part of that team, he contributed to the company’s overall strategy and eventual sale to Hasbro for $4 billion in 2020. Hasbro sold the music division to Blackstone in 2021 for a reported $385 million and changed the name to MNRK Music Group.

The company celebrated No. 1 records across genres during Taylor’s tenure, as well as Grammy Awards with artists like The Lumineers, Pop Evil, Jonathan McReynolds, High on Fire, and many others. The nature of Taylor’s resignation is as yet unknown, but MNRK Music Group states it remains committed to discovering and guiding top music creators and artists, as well as distributing premier music companies Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang.

As one of the largest independent music companies in the world, MNRK Music Group has recording and music publishing divisions in every major music market. Its vast catalog spans divisions and comprises 54,000 music tracks, including multiple Grammy winners and platinum-selling hits.