Chairman and Chief Executive
Universal Music Group
Lucian Grainge is chairman and chief executive of Universal Music Group, where he has championed the development of innovative business models and collaborations with a wide range of technology and media partners around the world. Cannes Lions honored him as its 2017 Media Person of the Year. Since taking the helm of Universal Music Group in 2011, Grainge has improved its financial performance by significantly increasing the company’s revenue and profitability. Grainge, who has spent his entire career in the music industry, has signed and worked with many worldwide stars, including Elton John, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Queen, the Rolling Stones and U2. He joined Universal Music in 1986 to launch PolyGram Music Publishing U.K. He quickly led the fledgling division to become one of the top three publishing companies in the U.K.