Steve Bartels: A Business Leader Educated at the Zarb School

As we posted last week, at the Zarb School of Business Web site, there is a section called Frank G. Zarb School of Business: Leaders Are Made Here.

Steve Bartels, class of 1985 with a BBA majoring in Marketing, is one of the distinguished Zarb alumni featured there. Below his brief bio is a YouTube video with Mr. Bartels.

As Bloomberg Business notes:

“Mr. Steve Bartels serves as Chief Executive Officer of Def Jam Recordings, Inc. Mr. Bartels has been the President and Chief Operating Officer of The Island Def Jam Music Group, Inc. since September 13, 2007. In this role, Mr. Bartels oversees all day-to-day matters of Island Def Jam Music Group and its labels. Mr. Bartels has served as President of Island Records since May 2004. Mr. Bartels played a crucial role in the recent success of Def Jam and its affiliated artists, including Kanye West, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Rihanna, Young Jeezy, Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, and many others. Prior to IDJ, Mr. Bartels spend a decade at Arista Records, which he joined in 1993 as Vice President of Special Projects, eventually rising to Executive Vice President. He worked with many of the great stars of the ”90s and ”00s, among them Whitney Houston, Kenny G, Barry Manilow, and Santana; played a crucial role in the break­throughs of Puff Daddy, OutKast, and Usher and helped launch the careers of Dido, Pink and Avril Lavigne. He began his career in music as National Director of Promotion, A&M Records. Mr. Bartels is a graduate of Hofstra University and completed the MBA Program of UCLA’s John Anderson School of Executive Education in Management.”



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