JODY GERSON, 57
Global chairman/CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group
35 PERCENT REVENUE INCREASE IN FOUR YEARS: Since Gerson took over UMPG in January 2015, revenue at the world’s second-largest music publisher has increased by 34.7 percent, and the company had its best financial year ever in 2018. In her fourth year as chairman, she has secured contract extensions with Billy Joel, Elton John and Paul Simon; nurtured Hot 100 chart-toppers Halsey and Post Malone; and recruited buzzy new signees like 17-year-old Billie Eilish and rap surrealist Tierra Whack. Additionally, Gerson has made heavy plays into film and TV, inking deals with Legendary Pictures, Lionsgate, Paramount, Disney Europe and Mar Vista Entertainment and producing a musically inspired film for Universal Pictures based on Prince‘s catalog.
MUSIC TREND SHE’D LIKE TO SEE IN 2019: “More women and people of color leading companies. More opportunities for female producers, engineers and songwriters.”