Jody Gerson is the Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group.
With more than three decades of experience, our guest is one of music’s most respected, accomplished executives and a preeminent creative authority. She is the first female chairman of a global music company and the first woman to be named CEO of a major music publisher. Since joining Universal Music Publishing Group in 2015, she has transformed the company into a billion-dollar business and the industry’s best global home to songwriters. She has led the signings and extensions of world-class songwriters including the Bee Gees, Elton John, Carly Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Rosalia, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Jack White, SZA, Post Malone, Quavo, Brandi Carlile, Ariana Grande, H.E.R., Harry Styles, Maren Morris and many more. A strong advocate for women’s empowerment, our guest co-founded and serves on the Board of Directors for She Is The Music, a nonprofit championing equality and inclusion for women. She also serves on boards for the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), and The Archer School for Girls. She has been named to numerous prestigious honors, including: Billboard 2020 ‘Executive of the Year’ for the prestigious Power 100 list; Billboard Power 100 numerous consecutive years; Billboard 2015 Executive of the Year for their Women In Music issue; Rolling Stone’s ‘Future 25’; Variety’s Power of Women L.A.; 2016 March of Dimes Inspiring Woman of the Year for her accomplishments as a leader in the entertainment industry and as a dedicated mother; and more. Prior to joining Universal Music, she served as Co-President of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Previous to that, she was part of the senior management team at EMI Music Publishing, serving as head of the company’s east coast publishing division and then revitalized and led EMI’s west coast division. Outside of music, this executive has also served as a producer of the successful films Drumline and ATL and as executive producer for VH1’s Drumline 2. And The Executive Is... Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, Jody Gerson!This episode is brought to you in partnership with She Is The Music.Art: Michael Richey White  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Jody Gerson grew up listening to artists like Frank Sinatra, The Supremes, and Diana Ross…sometimes live at her father's nightclub. Today, she's the Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group which makes her the most senior female executive in the music industry. She has worked with artists like Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart and SZA just to name a few. On this episode of No Limits, Jody talks about her move from Sony to Universal, her decision to sign a then unknown Lady Gaga, and why she believes power ultimately means the ability to empower others. Congratulations to our No Limits Entrepreneur of the Week: Emma Kozlowski, Owner and Designer of Emma Lyn Designers Find out more: Want to be a featured NLEOTW? Know someone who should? Send your nominations to Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a review! It’s easy! Click here: ABOUT REBECCA JARVIS:  Rebecca Jarvis is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and the Chief Biz, Tech and Econ correspondent for ABC News.
Today's guest is Jody Gerson, a longtime music executive who is currently the Chairman and CEO of the Universal Music Publishing Group. Jody had an early introduction to the music world, frequenting her father's nightclub in Philadelphia, where he hosted acts such as Frank Sinatra and Diana Ross. Soon after college, Jody entered the music publishing world, first at Chappell Music then at EMI. In those early years, she learned that her own sense of taste and ambition was not always welcome, especially as a young woman in the days when the 'Boys Club' mentality reigned supreme. But by simply continuing to succeed and find the best songs and artists out there (such as Lady Gaga and Alicia Keys), she moved up in the ranks, eventually becoming Co-President of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and now Chairman and President of Universal.
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