Waleed currently leads Record Label Business Development for North America at YouTube. In this role he is responsible for negotiating YouTube’s agreements with the three global major record labels as well as Vevo and all independent and non-standard recorded music distributors. In addition to deal making, he is responsible for maintaining these partnerships and helping partners optimize their presence on the world’s largest video (and music) platform.
Prior to his current role, Waleed spent 5 years on the legal team at Google where he was most recently Senior Counsel for music across Google products and services, including YouTube and Google Play Music. In that role he handled a wide array of music legal matters, including negotiating, drafting and advising on legal risk with respect to record labels, music publishers, music collection societies and artist/ talent issues. In addition, he set policies and guidelines for a broad range of music and music-related initiatives.
Before joining Google in 2011, Waleed spent 6 years at Viacom, Inc. in the Business & Legal Affairs department. At Viacom, Waleed served as Senior Counsel for Music Strategy and Relations at MTV Networks, where he worked on music, television production and general entertainment transactions relating to MTV Networks’ many powerful brands, including MTV, CMT, VH1, Comedy Central, Spike and a variety of other Viacom properties.
Waleed is a 2004 graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.