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In what amounts to Jody Gerson’s first significant hire, Marc Cimino has been tapped for the newly created position of chief operating officer at the Universal Music Publishing Group. Cimino will report to Gerson, who joined UMPG as its chairman and CEO at the beginning of the year, with both based at the company’s headquarters in Santa Monica.

Like Gerson, who hailed from Sony/ATV Music Publishing prior to Jan. 1, Cimino joins UMPG from one of the three majors, Warner Bros. Records, where he was executive VP & head of business & legal Affairs.

In his new role, Cimino will focus on UMPG’s global business strategy, including being at the forefront of guiding public policy and business development, according to the company announcement.

“At this time in our business, it’s important we work with a global perspective and more closely with our record label partners,” said Gerson in a statement. “Marc’s broad experience in recorded music will help bolster our organization and bring a broader industry approach to everything we do, and to the ultimate benefit of our artists and writers.”

For his part, Cimino called Gerson, the first woman to lead a major music publishing company, “a dynamic visionary” while stating that he looked forward to “working with the entire team around the world, and with our labels and tech partners as we face a rapidly changing business environment with many new opportunities and challenges.”

Cimino spent 10 years at Warner Bros. Records, where he helped oversee the label’s government affairs initiatives and spearheaded the structuring and negotiation of agreements with the label’s major recording artists. From 1998 to 2004 he held business affairs and business development roles at Sony Music Entertainment. Prior to Warner Bros. Records, from 1998 to 2004, Cimino held business affairs and business development roles at Sony Music Entertainment.

UMPG clients include Adele, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake and U2. Legacy acts include the Beach Boys, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Jimi Hendrix and Paul Simon.