Jody Gerson has been named the Chairman and CEO the Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), effective January 1, 2015. Gerson, who currently serves as Co-President of Sony/ATV Publishing, will be based at UMPG’s headquarters in Santa Monica, CA. She will succeed Zach Horowitz who yesterday stepped down effective immediately "to explore other opportunities."
Gerson was appointed to her current role of Co-President for Sony/ATV Music Publishing in 2008. Her first signing at Sony/ATV was then unknown singer/songwriter Lady Gaga. Gerson has also played an instrumental role in the careers of Enrique Iglesias, Mac Miller, Pitbull, RedOne, Shakira and Pharrell Williams.
Additionally, Gerson served as a producer of the successful films Drumline and ATL. She is currently serving as executive producer for Drumline 2 for VH1.