|Occupation||President, Beats Electronics|
|Known for||Beats Electronics, Former Music Industry Executive, Rock Guitarist|
Luke Wood is president of Beats Electronics, a producer of audio products and equipment founded by Andre ‘Dr. Dre’ Young and Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M. Wood is also a Beats Electronics board member. He is a former music industry executive and was a guitarist for the 1990s alt-rock band Sammy. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991 from Wesleyan University with a major in American Studies.
Prior to Beats Electronics, Wood was chief strategy officer of Interscope Geffen A&M and president of its rock imprint DGC Records. He oversaw the company’s traditional and digital business development, emerging business and revenue, and operational strategy. As DGC’s president, Wood was responsible for all Artists & Repertoire (A&R) and marketing decisions and for developing and guiding the label’s artists including Weezer, All-American Rejects, Rise Against, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. He also founded Tiny Evil Records. Before working in A&R, Wood was involved in the firm’s marketing and publicity.
In 1991, Wood served as a director of publicity for Geffen Records, where he represented bands including Nirvana and Sonic Youth. He later served as director of marketing for Geffen Records and as vice president of A&R at DreamWorks Records. While Wood was at Geffen in 1994, the company posted the first commercial MP3 file, an Aerosmith song released on CompuServe.
Wood joined Interscope Records in 2003 (during its merger with DreamWorks) as executive vice president of A&R, where he developed label deals with Downtown Records and signed artists such as TV on the Radio, All Time Low, Yelawolf, Jimmy Eat World, Elliott Smith and AFI.
Wood joined Beats Electronics in February 2011 as president and COO, working directly with Dr. Dre and Iovine on product development and overseeing day-to-day operations at the company. Wood was instrumental in Beats Electronics’ acquisition of subscription music service MOG in July 2012. Currently, Wood is president of Beats Electronics and a board member.
Wood was guitarist for Sammy, a 1990s alt-rock band that released three albums: Debut Album (1994) and Kings of the Island Empire (1995), released by Smells Like Records, and Tales of Great Neck Glory (1996), released by Geffen/DGC Records.
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