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Jody Gerson Appointed Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group

Universal Music Group announced Friday that Jody Gerson, currently co-president of Sony/ATV Publishing, will be appointed as the chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group on Jan. 1, 2015.

She will replace Zach Horowitz, who has decided to step down from his role after being with Universal Music Group for three decades, and at his current position at Universal Music Publishing Group since 2012. Universal Music Group states that Horowitz intends “to explore other opportunities.”

With this change, Gerson will be the first woman to lead a major music publishing company. She will report to Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge.

“Jody Gerson is simply one of the best music publishers in the business, and we are thrilled that she will be bringing her creativity, savvy and vast experience to UMPG,” said Grainge in a statement. “Gerson represents a new breed of music industry leadership, with a keen understanding of the evolving role of music publishers in the digital era and a track record of artist successes that places her among all-time greats. I’m excited for what we will accomplish together.”

Gerson has been in her current position at Sony/ATV Music Publishing since 2008. Previously, she worked at Warner/Chappell Music predecessor Chappell Music, as well as at EMI, managing the company’s east and west coast publishing divisions.

She is responsible for signing some of the most successful artists in the world, including Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones and Magic! frontman Nasri Atweh. She has also been instrumental in the careers of several artists, among them Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Pitbull and Pharrell Williams.

Universal Music Publishing Group and Universal Music Group are fully-owned subsidiaries of Vivendi.

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