Robert Kyncl

Robert Kyncl is an American business executive. He will become the CEO of Warner Music Group on Jan 1, 2023. He is currently the Chief Business Officer at YouTube where he oversaw all business functions, partnerships and operations. Before YouTube, Kyncl was Vice President of Content Acquisitions at Netflix, where he spearheaded the company's content acquisition for streaming TV shows and movies over the Internet. Mr and Mrs Kyncl reside with their two daughters in Los Angeles and founded Kyncl Family Foundation focused on supporting educational needs of underrepresented communities.

Robert Kyncl
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Czech[citation needed]
Alma materState University of New York at New Paltz (B.A)
Pepperdine University (MBA)

Early life and educationEdit

Kyncl was born in Czechoslovakia[1] and received a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at New Paltz[2] and an MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.[3][4]


Kyncl previously worked at Netflix and HBO.[5][6]

In September 2022, Kyncl was named CEO of Warner Music Group Inc. starting Jan 1, 2023. Kyncyl and current CEO Steve Cooper will serve as co-CEO for the month of January 2023.[7]


Robert Kyncl represented YouTube in a number of global events throughout 2012 and 2013, including: the 2012 International CES,[8] the 2012 MIPCOM in Cannes, France, the 2012 Abu Dhabi Media Summit, Vidcon, one of the world's first and largest conferences dedicated to the medium of online video, in addition to talks at the Producers Guild in the United States and Think with Google in Argentina.[citation needed]

Robert appeared on popular YouTuber's channel Casey Neistat, in order to discuss the future of YouTube and the Logan Paul controversy. However. this was criticized by thousands of users who argued that he didn't answer many of the questions asked, and also that Casey didn't ask several important questions for the sake of avoiding confrontation.[9]

Honors and awardsEdit

Kyncl was listed in Variety's 2012 Dealmakers Impact Report as a "Disruptor",[10] Vanity Fair's New Establishment List in 2013 [11] and 2012,[12] Billboard magazine's Power 100 List in 2015,[13] 2014,[14] 2013,[15] and 2012,[16] Billboard's International Power Players List in 2014,[17] Billboard's Digital Power Players List in 2015,[18] and Adweek's "Top 50 Execs Who Make the Wheels Turn."[19]

On October 18, 2012, CoachArt, a local non-profit that provides arts and athletic lessons for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, held their eighth annual Gala of Champions supporting the art of improving lives. The fundraising event was held at the Beverly Hilton was hosted by TV-personality Justin Willman and featured performances from Katrina Parker and Justin Hopkins, contestants on NBC's hit show The Voice. Presenters Dean Norris and Jeffrey Katzenberg honored Robert Kyncl, Google/YouTube Head of Content, with the Heart and Humanity Champion Award and actor Nestor Serrano with the Champion Award of Courage and Hope. The event raised over $825,000 in donations.[20]


  1. ^ Chmielewski, Dawn C. (31 May 2011). "YouTube counting on former Netflix exec to help it turn a profit". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  2. ^ Seabrook, John (9 January 2012). "Will Robert Kyncl and Youtube Revolutionize Television". The New Yorker. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Pepperdine Graziadio Alumnus Robert Kyncl Named CEO of Warner Music Group". Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Retrieved 2022-11-03.
  4. ^ "Robert Kyncl". Los Angeles Business Journal. 2018-07-30. Retrieved 2022-11-03.
  5. ^ "Netflix executive Robert Kyncl joins Google in a sign the search giant's getting serious about TV". Los Angeles Times blog. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  6. ^ Popper, Ben (21 October 2015). "Exclusive: An inside look at the new ad-free YouTube Red". The Verge. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Robert Kyncl Named CEO of Warner Music Group Starting January 1, 2023". 21 September 2022.
  8. ^ CES (13 January 2012). "2012 CES Entertainment Matters Keynote - YouTube". Retrieved 1 June 2016 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Interviewing the Head of YouTube Business". YouTube.
  10. ^ Atkin, Hillary (10 December 2012). "2012 Dealmakers Impact Report". Variety.
  11. ^ "The New Establishment 2013". Vanity Fair. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  12. ^ "The New Establishment 2012". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on 20 September 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  13. ^ "Robert Kyncl & Christophe Muller: The 2015 Billboard Power 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-09-17.
  14. ^ "Robert Kyncl: The 2014 Billboard Power 100". Billboard. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  15. ^ Billboard Staff (8 February 2013). "2013 Power 100 List". Billboard.
  16. ^ Billboard Staff. "2012 Power 100 List". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Int'l Power Players: Google". 28 January 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Billboard's Inaugural Digital Power Players List Revealed". Billboard. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  19. ^ "The Top 50 Execs Who Make the Wheels Turn". Adweek.
  20. ^ "Robert Kyncl Receives Heart and Humanity Champion Award". Retrieved 1 June 2016.

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