Imagem Music, the world’s largest independent music publisher, has named Bill Gaden ’84 the new chief executive officer of Imagem USA. Gaden had been the chief operating officer of Imagem, a role he assumed when the company acquired The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. Prior to the acquisition, Gaden served as Rodgers & Hammerstein’s senior vice president and general manager.
This year’s promotion is only the most recent development in Gaden’s long and successful career in the music industry, which has included workplaces such as Arista Records, BMG Records, Simon & Schuster and BBC Worldwide, and with The Estate of Leonard Bernstein.
As a Hamilton student, Gaden studied math while also making time for the performing arts, singing with both the Hamilton College Choir and the Buffers. After Hamilton, he earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He has served Hamilton in a number of volunteer roles since graduation, including as the chair of the Hamilton New York City Regional Association and as a resource to students through the Maurice Horowitch Career and Life Outcomes Center. Director of Alumni Relations Sharon Rippey P’12 notes, he, as well as any, exemplifies the lifelong impact of Hamilton’s liberal arts experience: he has combined his sharp skills in analytics, communications and business with his lifelong passion for music and musicals.