UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP APPOINTS SHIRIN FOROUTAN AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER, UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING EUROPE
LONDON and SANTA MONICA – March 1, 2023 – Universal Music Group’s leading global publishing division, today announced that accomplished executive Shirin Foroutan has been appointed to the role of Senior Vice President and General Manager, Universal Music Publishing Europe, effective immediately. Based in London, she reports to Marc Cimino, UMPG Chief Operating Officer. Foroutan succeeds Simon Baker, who has served as GM, European Operations since 2018 and will continue at the company in a senior management capacity.
In her new role, Foroutan will work closely with both the company’s European Managing Directors and C-suite leadership in Santa Monica. Before joining UMPG, Foroutan served as Vice President, Creative, at BMI where she led the organization’s creative efforts throughout Europe, including acquisition and retention strategies, with a focus on growing BMI’s market share across all genres of music. Foroutan was also responsible for managing relationships with affiliated songwriters, composers, music publishers, and key industry contacts. During her tenure, Foroutan signed and/or renewed talents including Rina Sawayama, Griff, Johnny Marr, Arlo Parks, Labrinth, the 1975, Ellie Goulding, Inflo, Beabadobee, Jessica Agombar, Tems, Kamille, P2J, Maisie Peters, and MTHR.
In making the announcement, Cimino said: “We are delighted to have Shirin join the UMPG family as she takes on this role that is vital to the success of our company. From the moment we met Shirin, we knew she would fit right into our unique culture. We have no doubt she will bring enormous value and energy in our efforts to make sure that our songwriters are treated with the best care in the world.”
A champion of songwriters and artists, Foroutan is a highly collaborative, commercially-minded leader with a strong track record across music and entertainment. Her career experience spans music publishing, recorded music, artist and writer relations, and an academic background in International Law. Prior to BMI, Foroutan was Chief Operating Officer for MPC Film, a division of Technicolor, where she was responsible for more than 2000 artists from London, Bangalore, Vancouver and Montreal. She also served as Global Managing Director at Mute Group of Companies where she led teams in the recording, music publishing and artist management divisions out of London, New York and Berlin. Additionally, Foroutan has held legal roles with Ceremonies of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, and at Live Nation Global Touring.
“I am incredibly proud to be joining Universal Music Publishing, a team known across the industry as being best-in-class, globally-focused and having the utmost integrity. UMP Europe has amassed impressive success for its songwriters and business operations over the past few years. For our next chapter, I am confident that UMP Europe can reach even greater heights by focusing on innovative, collaborative and relationship-driven strategies.” Foroutan said. “I’m grateful to Jody Gerson, Marc Cimino and JW Beekman for the opportunity, and look forward to working with the European MDs and their teams on providing invaluable services to UMPG’s creators and partners.
About Universal Music Publishing Group
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) is a leading global music publisher with 51 offices in 41 countries. Headquartered in Los Angeles, UMPG represents music across every genre from some of the world’s most important songwriters and catalogs. These include ABBA, Adele, Alabama Shakes, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Bastille, Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Bee Gees, Louis Bell, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Jeff Bhasker, Justin Bieber, Benny Blanco, Nicholas Britell, Chris Brown, Tommy Brown, Mariah Carey, Brandi Carlile, Michael Chabon, Kenny Chesney, Desmond Child, Cirkut, The Clash, Coldplay, Luke Combs, Alexandre Desplat, Jason Derulo, Neil Diamond, Disclosure, Dua Lipa, Bob Dylan, Billie Eilish, Danny Elfman, Eminem, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Omer Fedi, Florence + the Machine, Future, Martin Garrix, Fred Gibson, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Al Green, Josh Groban, Halsey, Kid Harpoon, Emile Haynie, Jimi Hendrix, Don Henley, H.E.R., Hit-Boy, Sam Hunt, Imagine Dragons, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tobias Jesso Jr., Billy Joel, Elton John/Bernie Taupin, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Baby, Lil Yachty, Linkin Park, Logic, Demi Lovato, the Mamas & the Papas, Steve Mac, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews, Megan Thee Stallion, Shawn Mendes, Metallica, Metro Boomin, Julia Michaels, Miguel, Nicki Minaj, Maren Morris, Mumford & Sons, Nas, Randy Newman, New Order, Ne-Yo, Nija, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Quavo, Otis Redding, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rex Orange County, Lionel Richie, Rosalía, Carole Bayer Sager, Gustavo Santaolalla, Schoolboy Q, Sex Pistols, Carly Simon, Blake Slatkin, Britney Spears, Stax (East Memphis Music), Sting, Harry Styles, Swedish House Mafia, Taylor Swift, SZA, Shania Twain, Justin Timberlake, U2, Keith Urban, Jack White, Zedd and many more.