Chairman and CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group
As Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), one of the world’s leading global music publishing companies, Jody Gerson is a widely respected and accomplished music 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 UMPG, 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, Michael Chabon, Coldplay, Demi Lovato, Diane Warren, Elton John, Eminem, Florence + the Machine, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Halsey, Imagine Dragons, J.Cole, Jason Derulo, Jeff Bhasker, Jimmy “Napes” Napier, Tobias Jesso Jr., Nick Jonas, 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 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.
Gerson is on the board of directors of both the National Music
Publishers Association (NMPA) and the American Society of Composers,
Artists and Publishers (ASCAP), as well as the T.J. Martell Foundation,
the City of Hope Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group, and
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