No. 91: Helen Murphy | Power 100

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HELEN MURPHY

CEO, ole Media Management

$70 MILLION IN REVENUE: After an aborted 2017 sale, the Canadian music publisher’s majority owner, the Ontario Teachers Pension Fund, consolidated its grip on the company by buying out another stakeholder and, in November 2018, appointing industry veteran Murphy to run ole. The former Warner Music Group CFO begins 2019 with a mandate to grow the company, which Billboard calculates as having annual revenue of about $70 million. She says ole is well-equipped for the challenge given “the entrepreneurial spirit the staff displays and the breadth and depth of our music-publishing catalog, not in just rock and urban, but also in country, where our roster has been hitting it out of the park lately.” Prior to Murphy’s appointment, ole purchased 50 percent of SB21 Music’s 2,500-track-plus publishing catalog, which includes such country tracks as Luke Bryan’s “Most People Are Good,” Jason Aldean’s “Like You Were Mine” and Lee Brice’s “Drinking Class.”

Billboard Power 100 2019