Susan Genco received her B.A. in Economics summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College, where her studies included one year at the London School of Economics. Thereafter, Genco earned her J.D. at Harvard Law School.
Genco began her career in the music business at Arista Records as an attorney where she became Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs handling the business affairs for multiplatinum artists such as Whitney Houston, Sarah McLachlan and Kenny G. She was instrumental in structuring joint ventures between Arista and Sean "Puffy" Combs and L.A. Reid/Kenneth "Babyface" Edmunds. Genco then held a joint position as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs for EMI Records, North America and Senior Vice President of Operations for Capitol Records. In that capacity, she oversaw business affairs for EMI North America and supervised the operations of Capitol Records, including Capitol Studios and the Film, Television and Soundtrack department. She also supervised the development of the Capitol Records “campus,” including the purchase and renovation of the building adjoining the famous Capitol Tower.
Genco next became Senior Vice President of Business Affairs at Warner Bros. Records Inc., where she was a member of the senior management team and oversaw all business & legal affairs, as well as A&R administration for Warner Bros. Records and its affiliated labels (including Reprise, Sire, Word and Warner Nashville).
Most recently, Genco has been Senior Vice President of Business Affairs for the Guitar Hero business unit at Activision/Blizzard where she applied her extensive transactional and business experience to all aspects of the Hero franchise. She was also responsible for the Activision Music Department, which selects and licenses the music for all Activision video games and related marketing efforts including television, radio and on-line.
Genco is currently a member of the Wellesley Business Leadership Council, an Executive Committee member for the USO Entertainment Advisory Council, Chair of the Entertainment Law Initiative Executive Committee and Advisory Board, and she serves on the MusiCares Board.