Thompson has played a critical role in the development of artists such as Katy Perry, Coldplay, Norah Jones, and many others. Previously, Thompson worked at Island Def Jam, Elektra Records, and Chrysalis Records.
Thompson currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with his family.
Born and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan, Thompson grew up the youngest of six brothers, to Father Jim and Mother Nora (née Kelly). He attended Catholic High School at the National Shrine of the Little Flower parish, where he graduated early. Thompson attended a community college, before transferring to Michigan State University for his final years.
While attending Michigan State University Thompson worked as a College Rep. for CBS Records. After graduation, he took a job at Chrysalis Records doing local radio promotion. Eventually Thompson was promoted to 'Vice President of Top 40 promotion' at Chrysalis, but left after five years to pursue a job doing independent promotion.
He later rejoined the major label world as Senior Vice President of Promotion at SBK Records. SBK eventually merged with EMI Records and Chrysalis Records to form what would be known as EMI Record Group North America. After two years with EMI, Thompson was recruited by East West Records, a division of the Atlantic Records, and took on a new role as Senior VP of Promotion. During his first year, Atlantic consolidated East West with sister label Elektra Records and restructured company management. Thompson was retained as a Vice President and spent 11 years with the company. He left in 2004 after six years as the company's Executive Vice President and General Manager. At Elektra Thompson worked with Jason Mraz, Missy Elliott, Third Eye Blind, Metallica, AC-DC, and many others.
In January 2005, Thompson took a job in the newly reorganized Island Def Jam label, where he served as Executive Vice President of promotion, New Media, and tour marketing. Thompson was responsible for the day-to-day direction of promotion staff and worked under the direction of superiors L.A. Reid, Jay Z, and Steve Bartles.
Thompson decided to take a position at EMI Records in February 2008. As the company's Executive Vice President of Promotion and Marketing for North America, he oversaw operations across EMI's family of labels. He played a role in the successful marketing of artists Katy Perry, Coldplay, David Guetta,Lady Antebellum, and Norah Jones.
At the end of 2012, Universal Music Group purchased EMI Music. In 2013, Thompson became the EVP of the newly reinvented Capitol Music Group, continuing to work with and develop artists such as Katy Perry, Bastille, Beck, Jennifer Lopez, Sam Smith and many more from Hollywood, CA.
On April 6 it was announced that Thompson would be departing his position at Capitol to become President of Maverick Music, a conglomeration of some of the most powerful management companies in the world. His last day at Capitol was June 1.
Maverick, founded by Madonna and U2 manager Guy Oseary in partnership with Live Nation, brought together globally renowned artist managers such as Scott Rodger (Sir Paul McCartney, Arcade Fire), Shawn Gee (The Roots, Jill Scott) Ron Laffitte (Pharrell Williams, One Republic, Alicia Keys), Clarence Spalding (Jason Aldean), Larry Rudolph (Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears) and Cortez Bryant & Gee Roberson (Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne).
In a press release, Thompson said: “I’m excited for this amazing chance to join a team with such a progressive and innovative culture and vision. I want to thank Guy and the rest of the all-star managers at Maverick for this opportunity. I’m really looking forward to this next chapter.”