Jody Gerson

Jody Gerson

Jody Gerson has been appointed to Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, effective January 1, 2015. Gerson, who currently serves as co-President of Sony/ATV Publishing, will be based at UMPG’s headquarters in Santa Monica, CA and report to UMG Chairman and CEO, Lucian Grainge. She will succeed 30-year company veteran Zach Horowitz who is stepping down, effective immediately to explore other opportunities.

In making the big announcement, Grainge said, “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. Jody 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.” Commenting on Horowitz, Grainge continued, “On behalf of everyone at the company, let me extend our profound gratitude to Zach for his adept stewardship of UMPG and his decades of service to UMG. His versatility as an executive and leader is extremely rare and we wish him only the best.”

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