In the final hours of his presidency, Donald Trump commuted 70 prison sentences and pardoned 73 people, one of whom was Roc Nation CEO Desiree Perez. Decades ago, the music executive and JAY-Z’s right-hand woman was arrested on drug, firearm and grand larceny charges, but received an official pardon on Tuesday night (Jan. 19).
“Ms. Perez was involved in a conspiracy to distribute narcotics. Since her conviction, Ms. Perez has taken full accountability for her actions and has turned her life around,” the White House wrote in a notice of Perez’s pardon. “She has been gainfully employed and has been an advocate for criminal justice reform in her community.”
Perez has been a pillar in the music industry and JAY-Z’s Roc Nation for the past 10 years, and was appointed from COO to CEO at the company in 2019. That year, she was also honored as the Executive of the Year at Billboard’s annual Women in Music event. Perez leads Roc Nation’s many channels, including music, publishing, touring, TV and film, activism and more.
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