Jody Gerson
United States
2018

Universal Music Publishing Group

Jody
Gerson

Chairman / CEO

Universal has thrived since Gerson took the helm in 2015 — making her the first woman to run a major music publisher — with the nearly $1 billion music-pub unit not only increasing revenue by 27 percent but scoring big gets, such as Bruce Springsteen moving his entire catalog to the company. This year, she re-upped UMPG’s deal with the Disney Music Group, adding European territories to the lucrative global arrangement. Bolstering the company’s roster with such icons as Carly Simon and Jack White while adding fresh-on-the-scene rappers Lil Yachty and Quavo has also been a winning growth strategy. A music-publishing lifer who made her bones at Chappell, EMI and Sony/ATV, Gerson has brought Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, Maroon 5 and Prince’s catalogs to UMPG.

Career

  • EMI Music
  • Warner/Chappell Music
  • Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Education

  • Northwestern University (IL, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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