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William Lloyd Tanous (born in Paris, France) is an American music industry executive. In 2013, he was appointed Executive Vice President and Head of Global Communications for Universal Music Group,[1] the world's largest music company.

Will Tanous
OccupationExecutive Vice President, Head of Global Communications
Years active1993 – present
OrganizationUniversal Music Group

CareerEdit

1993-2013Edit

Tanous was previously a member of the senior management team for Warner Music Group, where he was EVP of Communications & Marketing. While at WMG, Tanous developed and implemented communications strategies for major company endeavors, including the 2011 sale of WMG for $3.3 billion to Access Industries, Inc.; WMG’s initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in 2005; and the sale of WMG for $2.6 billion by Time Warner Inc. to private equity consortium.[2] In 1996, he co-created and produced the HBO live music television series Reverb, which aired for four seasons and was the highest-rated regularly scheduled music program on television.[3] Prior to joining Warner Music Group, Tanous held positions at Warner Music International and Geffen Records. He also served as president of two independent record labels.

2013-PresentEdit

Tanous became the EVP of Communications at Universal Music Group in April 2013,[4] reporting to Universal Music Group Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge. Grainge referred to Tanous as "widely recognized for having been a trusted strategic advisor to many CEOs in the media industry. He has a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges related to the intersection of entertainment and technology, and as such, joins UMG at an important time in the evolution of our company."[5] Tanous is responsible for developing and communicating the company's business strategy, managing worldwide communications, public policy, government relations, as well as interaction of UMG's companies in over 60 countries.[6] He is based in Santa Monica, California, at the company's headquarters. In 2019, Tanous was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which is presented annually to US citizens "who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life."[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Tanous graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Will Tanous Named EVP/Head of Global Communications for Universal Music Group". Billboard. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Will Tanous - EVP - Universal Music Group". UMG. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Will Tanous - Executive Profile". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Will Tanous Named Executive Vice President & Head of Global Communications for Universal Music Group - UMG". UMG. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Will Tanous Named EVP/Head of Global Communications for Universal Music Group". Billboard. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Will Tanous - EVP - Universal Music Group". UMG. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  7. ^ Aswad, Jem (13 May 2019). "Universal Music's Will Tanous Receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor". Variety. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Will Tanous Named EVP/Head of Global Communications for Universal Music Group". Billboard. Retrieved 9 November 2016.