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Apr 12, 2001

One of the instrumental executives who oversaw the rise of Beats By Dre as a brand, chief marketing officer Omar Johnson, has announced that he is leaving the company on November 1 (via Fast Company).

Johnson didn't give a specific reason as to why he is leaving the company, but his departure date will mark six years since he came onboard in 2010.

Back then he was vice president of marketing before being named CMO in 2012, two years before Apple would come in and acquire the brand for $3 billion.

Working with the ad agency R/GA, Johnson helped craft some of the most well-known Beats By Dre advertisements, fueling its "transition from a curiosity to a constant presence in pop culture."

An example of one of the ads Johnson helped create

Although his departure from the company wasn't explained, Beats co-founder and current Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine commented on the announcement, describing Johnson as "one of the most talented marketing executives" he's ever met and an instrumental factor in what Beats By Dre eventually became.
In an email, Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine said, "Omar Johnson is a one of the most talented marketing executives I've ever met and we couldn't have built Beats without him. He has my support in his future endeavor."
After Johnson leaves, his former "right-hand man" Jason White will become executive vice president of marketing at Beats. Before he's gone for good, Johnson is said to focus on putting the finishing touches on two new global brand campaigns that will be debuting soon.

Article Link: Beats By Dre Chief Marketing Officer Omar Johnson Leaving Company Next Month


macrumors 6502
Jul 1, 2014
No doubt that Beats by Dre is a great brand, but it's position within Apple remains a mystery.

If they wanted help with Apple Music licencing they could have just employed Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre on a collaboration basis.
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Feb 11, 2008
He did a great job, cause the early beats products were utter garbage and still sold. Kudos to him and his team
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macrumors 68040
Sep 27, 2005
you must be great at parties.

Actually I am...I go without an agenda.
Yeah - cos all black people look alike, right? :rolleyes:

He looks nothing like Jason Derulo

Actually, being completely unbiased because I don't know who either men are or what they look like, but looking at Google images, I could see how someone would say their looks could be mistaken.
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