SANTA MONICA, June 2, 2017 – Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), a leading global music publishing company, announced today that JW Beekman has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer, Worldwide of UMPG, effective immediately. He succeeds Michael Sammis who was recently named as President of Universal Publishing Production Music.
Beekman joined UMPG in 2007 and most recently served as Senior Vice President of North American Finance. In his new role, he will oversee all Finance activities for the company’s worldwide businesses, as well as UMPG’s Global Technology group. Beekman will continue to be based at the company’s headquarters in Santa Monica.
“JW brings deep expertise in finance, administration, and licensing, combined with more than a decade of being a key member of our executive team. All of this makes him the ideal executive to lead our financial operation globally as we seek to accelerate our growth and further UMPG’s reputation as the industry’s best home for songwriters,” said UMPG Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson.
“Music publishing is evolving and ripe with exciting opportunities for growth. UMPG continues to create industry-leading models for our business, and I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the team on this inspiring journey,” said Beekman. “I’m appreciative to Jody Gerson for giving me this opportunity and look forward to working with Jody, Marc Cimino and team at UMPG, as well as Boyd Muir and his UMG colleagues as we continue to build an exceptional future for our songwriters and partners around the world.”
ABOUT UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is a leading global music publisher with 43 offices in 36 countries. UMPG represents music in every genre from some of the world’s most important songwriters and catalogs. These include ABBA, Adele, A Great Big World, Jhené Aiko, Alabama Shakes, Axwell & Ingrosso, Bastille, Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Jeff Bhasker, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, The Clash, Coldplay, J.Cole, Elvis Costello, Miley Cyrus, Jason Derulo, Neil Diamond, Disclosure, Danny Elfman, Eminem, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Florence + the Machine, Future, Martin Garrix, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Al Green, Haim, Halsey, Emile Haynie, Jimi Hendrix, Kacy Hill, Sam Hunt, Imagine Dragons, Demi Lovato, Carly Rae Jepsen, Billy Joel, Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Tobias Jesso Jr., Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, the Mamas and Papas, Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Steve Mac, Post Malone, Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes, Metallica, Miguel, Nicki Minaj, Mumford & Sons, Jimmy Napes, R. City, Randy Newman, Red Hot Chili Peppers, New Order, Ne-Yo, Steve Perry, Otis Redding, R.E.M., Carole Bayer Sager, Gustavo Santaolalla, Sex Pistols, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, Stax (East Memphis Music), Harry Styles, Swedish House Mafia, Justin Timberlake, U2, Keith Urban, Diane Warren, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jack White, Zedd and many more.
Date: June 2, 2017