At the start of 2018, Billboard was back at it again with their annual “Power 100” ranking list and placed at No. 54 were the power players of ROC Nation, Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, CEO Jay Brown and COO Desiree Perez. The honorable spot was due to Desiree Perez and Jay Brown’s achievement in making JAY-Z’s latest album stand strong at the top of the charts for weeks and reach platinum success. Last year, the hip-hop mogul was also nominated for eight Grammy Awards, the most any artist has ever achieved in one year. The Billboard “Power 100” ranks the top influencers and leaders involved in certain aspects in the business of music.
Desiree “Des” Perez is the current chief operating officer of ROC Nation, a New York City-based full-service entertainment company founded by rapper and entrepreneur, Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter in 2008. Desiree Perez primarily oversees all of the publishing and labeling developments at ROC Nation. As the COO of ROC Nation, Desiree Perez has also taken part in many successful deals and negotiations that involved some of the world’s largest companies such as Samsung and Sprint. In 2017, Billboard announced Desiree Perez as one of the “Most Powerful Executives in the Industry.” The Billboard list acknowledged all of the C-level women that were deemed them as the best tastemakers, movers, and shakers in the music industry today. Desiree Perez is currently married to Juan Perez, the president of the ROC Nation Sports agency.