Board of Directors: Jody Gerson
As Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), one of the world’s leading global music publishing companies, Jody Gerson is widely respected and an accomplished music publishing executive whose exceptional ability to identify and develop talent has earned her a reputation as one of the industry’s preeminent creative executives.
Gerson oversees all global activities of the publishing company, which publishes some of the most popular and legendary songwriters and artists in music including Adele, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ariana Grande, Bernie Taupin, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, Britney Spears, Carole Bayer Sager, Coldplay, Diane Warren, Elton John, Eminem, Florence + the Machine, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Imagine Dragons, J. Cole, Jason Derulo, Jimmy “Napes” Napier, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban, Miguel, Mumford & Sons, Neil Diamond, Ne-Yo, Nicki Minaj, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Shawn Mendes, U2, and more.
Gerson joined UMPG after serving as Co-President of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where she signed a then unknown singer/songwriter Lady Gaga, who went on to become one of the most successful artists and songwriters in the world.
Prior to joining Sony/ATV, Gerson was part of the senior management team at EMI Music Publishing, serving as head of the company’s east coast publishing division followed by revitalizing and heading up EMI’s west coast division. During her tenure at EMI, Gerson signed and nurtured the careers of several superstars including Alicia Keys, Norah Jones and Enrique Iglesias.
Outside of her work in music, Gerson has also been active in film, serving as an executive producer of the successful films Drumline, Drumline 2 and ATL.
Gerson has three children, Julian, Luke and Daisy and lives in Los Angeles.