Zach Horowitz is Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). Drawing on more than twenty-five years of experience in the music industry, he is responsible for overseeing all of UMPG’s global operations in more than 45 countries around the world, including an extraordinarily diversified roster of songwriters in all genres, the world’s largest production music library, and one of the world’s most important classical music catalogs.
Appointed to the position in 2012, he formerly served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Universal Music Group (UMG) since 1999 where he was involved in virtually every area of the modern music business, and played a key role in UMG becoming the world’s leading music company. While President and COO, he championed the interests of Universal’s publishing company and was the key architect of its growth. That included the purchase of Rondor Music, then the world’s largest independent music publishing company, as well as the acquisition and integration of the music publishing companies of two of the majors--Polygram and BMG. In April of 2012, he shifted his full-time focus to UMPG, where he now dedicates all of his efforts to UMPG’s day to day operations, and guiding the company’s continued growth and strategic direction.
Today, UMPG’s roster encompasses some of the most popular and influential songs ever written--standards and evergreens, as well as contemporary hits, in almost every country in the world. This includes the music of ABBA, Adele, Alex Da Kidd, Lily Allen, The Beach Boys, The Beastie Boys, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, Justin Beiber, Bjork, Café Tacuba, Mariah Carey, Desmond Child, The Clash, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, The Cure, Daughtry, Ester Dean, Jorgen Elofsson, Danny Elfman, Eminem, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Juan Gabriel, Al Green, Axl Rose (Guns n Roses), Billy Joel, Juanes, Sean Garrett, Jimi Hendrix, Imagine Dragons, Elton John, Joy Division, R. Kelly, The Killers, BB King, Luke Laird, Linkin Park, Shane McAnally, the Mamas and Papas, Henry Mancini, Maroon 5, Mumford and Sons, Randy Newman, Edith Piaf, Steve Perry, Otis Redding, Carole Bayer Sager, Gustavo Santaolalla, Sex Pistols, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, Bernie Taupin, Justin Timberlake, T-Pain, U2, Diane Warren, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Wisin Y Yandel, Bill Withers, and many others. Its classical roster includes Bartok, Debussy, Messiaen, Puccini, Ravel, Saint Saens, Rosini, and Verdi, to name a few. UMPG is also the leader in gospel and Christian music and plays a major role in film and TV--administering the music of Dreamworks, HBO, NBC/Universal Studios, Moonscoop, Sesame Street, and Warner Bros Entertainment.
Horowitz has been with Universal Music Group for over two decades and was instrumental in formulating the strategy, and negotiating the arrangements, that transformed the “sixth major” into the leading music entertainment group in the world. That included the company’s acquisitions of Geffen Records, Interscope Records and Polygram Records (the home of Motown, A&M, Def Jam, Island, Verve, Decca and Deutsche Grammophone). He was the driving force behind UMG becoming the market leader in Latin music, moving from last to first in the US in just two years. He was one of the four person Executive Oversight Team responsible for devising and overseeing the global integration of Polygram’s recording and publishing assets into Universal—one of the biggest and most successful mergers in the history of the music business. Deeply involved in the online, mobile and social network initiatives shaping the industry, UMG’s digital area—considered by many to be the most innovative and pro-active in the industry--co-reported to Mr Horowitz while President/C00 of UMG.
Horowitz began his career as a lawyer at CBS (now Sony). He became the West Coast head of Business Affairs there before moving to Universal Music’s predecessor, MCA Records, as its global head of Business and Legal Affairs. He subsequently was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of MCA Music Entertainment Group which, aside from recording and publishing operations, included Winterland Entertainment (then the largest merchandising company of artists’ names and likenesses) and MCA Concerts (which operated and booked concert venues and amphitheaters across North America). He played a key role in MCA’s expansion overseas, including setting up MCA Victor Japan, MCA’s joint venture with Victor Entertainment, for its first-ever music operation in Japan, and subsequently became a member of its Operating Committee. With the purchase of Polygram in 1999, he was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of what then became Universal Music Group.
Always a passionate advocate for artist rights, Horowitz supervises UMG’s government relations and public policy activities. He also serves on UMG’s Management Board.
He is a founding member of the board of Vevo, the online music entertainment site that is a joint venture between Universal Music, Sony Music and the Abu Dhabi Media Group. He serves as a board member of the National Music Publishing Association and on the board of ASCAP. He is also a past President, past Chairman and current major Gifts Chairman of the Music and Entertainment Industry Group of City of Hope, and serves on its Board and Executive Committee. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School.