JEFFREY HARLESTON, 55
General counsel/executive vp business and legal affairs, Universal Music Group
MICHAEL NASH, 59
Executive vp digital strategy, UMG
Last Year’s Rank: 60
Harleston’s dealmaking and Nash’s digital foresight have proved a winning combination for UMG, where a 64 percent rise in streaming revenue helped double core earnings for 2016. Pacts with Amazon, Pandora, iHeartMedia and SoundCloud kept the label group at No. 1 in the United States with a 35.5 percent current share of the market (albeit down from 41.2 percent in 2015). “Universal Music is a digital enterprise in the broadest sense,” says Nash, whose background is in film and media arts.