Universal Music Chairman & CEO Recognized for “Championing Female Leadership”

SANTA MONICA, OCTOBER 14, 2016Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, was presented today with Variety’s 2016 EmPOWerment Award in recognition for hiring, supporting and promoting female executives.

At Universal Music Group, women occupy some of the highest executive positions at the company, including senior positions on both the recorded music and publishing sides of the business.

This year’s Variety Impact Report honored Universal Music Group executives Michele Anthony, Executive Vice President and Member of the Executive Management Board, Jody Gerson, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group and Member of the Executive Management Board, Wendy Goldstein, Republic Records Executive Vice President and Head of Urban A&R, Ethiopia Habtemariam, Motown Records President and Head of Urban Music at Universal Music Publishing Group, and Michelle Jubelirer, Capitol Music Group Chief Operating Officer.

Grainge is only the second executive to receive Variety’s EmPOWerment Award, which is presented to a “champion of female leadership.” Award-winning actress, director and producer Rosanna Arquette presented the award to Grainge today at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons. The event, in partnership with Lifetime Television, honored Laverne Cox, Miley Cyrus, Ava DuVernay, Scarlett Johansson and Helen Mirren for being Hollywood’s most philanthropic women.

In addition to the award, Variety published a profile of Grainge in its Oct. 11, 2016, Power of Women special issue, that said, “Since becoming chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group in 2011, Lucian Grainge has overseen a noticeable shift in the demographics of the industry leader’s C-suites.”

About Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world leader in music-based entertainment, with a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising and audiovisual content in more than 60 countries. Featuring the most comprehensive catalog of recordings and songs across every musical genre, UMG identifies and develops artists and produces and distributes the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music in the world. Committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship, UMG fosters the development of services, platforms and business models in order to broaden artistic and commercial opportunities for our artists and create new experiences for fans. Universal Music Group is a Vivendi company. Find out more at: http://www.universalmusic.com