By Thom Duffy and Billboard Staff
Billboard’s Women in Music feature in our Power Players series recognizes the female executives who drive our business forward with vision, dedication and hard work. This year, we received nominations for nearly 200 executives, more than twice the number we had in 2010. That prompted our decision to deepen this year’s list to 40 positions.
This list reads like a roster of the top people in the music business who happen to be women. The range of their achievements-at labels or publishing companies, in touring or TV, in digital or branding, and elsewhere-reflects the overall impact of all the women in our industry. We once again congratulate them as we present this year’s Women in Music report.
Women in Music News:
At Billboard’s Woman of the Year Ceremony in New York on Friday, Taylor Swift was honored as Woman of the Year and Nicki Minaj as Rising Star, and 41 executives were honored — check out photos here.
December 2, 2011 | RECAP
Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, 41 Execs Honored at Billboard’s 2011 Women in Music Ceremony
Woman of the Year Taylor Swift and Rising Star Nicki Minaj led a group of 41 of the most dynamic and influential women in the music industry this afternoon as honorees at Billboard’s 2011 Women in Music Awards, which took place at Capitale in New York.
December 2, 2011 | Photos
Women In Music 2011 Red Carpet Photo Gallery: Taylor Swift, Women In Music Honroees
Check out photos from Billboard’s Women In Music red carpet event featuring Woman of the Year Taylor Swift. Also featured are many of this year’s Women In Music honorees, including execs from Pandora, Sony/ATV, mun2, SESAC, KIIS Los Angeles, ASCAP, Universal Publishing and more.
DECEMBER 2, 2011 | NOMINEES
Women In Music 2011: And the Nominees Are…
On behalf of Billboard, we congratulate all of the executives nominated by their peers and co-workers for this year’s Women in Music list.
DECEMBER 2, 2011 | VIDEO
Julie Greenwald, Atlantic Records Group Chairman/COO, Named Billboard’s No. 1 Woman In Music 2011 (Video QA)
Billboard Editorial Director Bill Werde spoke to Atlantic Records Group Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald about her beginnings in the record industry, her rise through the executive ranks, and how the business has changed through her almost two decade-long career.
December 1, 2011
About Billboard’s 2011 Women In Music Feature
Billboard’s Women in Music feature in our Power Players series recognizes the female executives who drive our business forward with vision, dedication and hard work. For the third consecutive year, this list was compiled using a Web-based nomination system to make the process as open and inclusive as possible.
NOVEMBER 23, 2011
Nicki Minaj Named Billboard’s ‘Rising Star’ for 2011
Nicki Minaj has been named Billboard’s “Rising Star” for 2011, capping off a year that has seen the hip-hop star top the charts with her massive-selling “Pink Friday” album and, most recently, earn a pair of trophies at the American Music Awards. The Rising Star Award acknowledges Minaj’s phenomenal year and will be presented at the Billboard Women in Music Event on Dec. 2 in New York City.
OCTOBER 11, 2011
Taylor Swift Named Billboard Woman of the Year
Taylor Swift, the Grammy winner and biggest selling albums artist in any genre for the past 12 months, has been chosen to receive the coveted Woman of the Year Award at the 2011 Billboard Women in Music event on Dec. 2 in New York City.
Women in Music Honorees Index:
No. 1 – Julie Greenwald (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records)
No. 2 – Jody Gerson (Co-president, Sony/ATV Music Publishing)
No. 3 – Kathy Willard (Executive VP/CFO, Live Nation Entertainment)
No. 4 – Livia Tortella (Co-president/COO, Warner Bros. Records)
No. 5 – Alexandra Patsavas (Owner, Chop Shop Music Group)
No. 6 – Amanda Marks (Global head of digital accounts, Universal Music Group)
No. 7 – Debra Lee (Chairman/CEO, BET Networks)
No. 8 – Brenda Romano (President of promotion, Interscope Geffen AM Records)
No. 9 – Sharon Dastur (PD, WHTZ New York, Clear Channel Radio)
No. 10 – Melissa Lonner (NBC News senior entertainment producer, NBCUniversal)
No. 11 – Julie Swidler (Executive VP of business affairs/general counsel, Sony Music Entertainment)
No. 12 – Debra Rathwell (Senior VP, AEG Live)
No. 13 – Claudia Palmer (Executive VP/COO of Europe, EMI Music Publishing)
No. 14 – Cara Lewis (Agent/VP, William Morris Endeavor)
No. 15 – Ethiopia Habtemariam (Executive VP/head of urban music, Universal Music Publishing Group; senior VP, Motown Records)
No. 16 – Linda Newmark (Executive VP/head of acquisitions and strategic projects, Universal Music Publishing Group)
No. 17 – Marsha Vlasic (Senior VP of concerts/head of contemporary rock, International Creative Management)
No. 18 – Andria Vidler (CEO, EMI Music U.K. Ireland)
No. 19 – Marcie Allen (President, MAC Presents)
No. 20 – Julie Pilat (PD, KYSR Los Angeles; assistant PD/music director, KIIS Los Angeles, Clear Channel Radio)
No. 21 – Kathy Spanberger (President/COO, peermusic)
No. 22 – Mamie Coleman (VP of music and production, Fox Broadcasting)
No. 23 – Lisa Worden (Music Director, KROQ Los Angeles, CBS Radio)
No. 24 – Lia Vollack (President of worldwide music, Sony Pictures Entertainment)
No. 25 – Jessica Steel (Executive VP of business and corporate development, Pandora Media)
No. 26 – Mary Ann McCready (President, Flood, Bumstead, McCready McCarthy)
No. 27 – Maureen Ford (President of venue sales, Live Nation Network)
No. 28 – Diana Mogollón (GM, mun2)
No. 29 – Kelly Rich (VP of sales, marketing and interactive, Big Machine Label Group)
No. 30 – Rachelle Friedman (Co-CEO, JR Music and Computer World; chairman, NARM)
No. 31 – Shannon Connolly (VP of digital music strategy, MTV Networks)
No. 32 – Andrea Ganis (Executive VP, Atlantic Records)
No. 33 (tie) – Lynn Hazan (CFO/executive VP/GM, RED Distribution; executive VP/GM, Independent Online Distribution Alliance)
No. 33 (tie) – Frances Moore (CEO, IFPI)
No. 34 – Angelica Cob-Baehler (Executive VP of marketing, Epic Records)
No. 35 – Kate McMahon (VP of marketing, the Messina Group/AEG)
No. 36 – Nicole George (VP of membership for rhythm and soul, ASCAP)
No. 37 – Barbara Cane (VP/GM of writer/publisher relations, BMI)
No. 38 – Mika El-Baz (Executive VP of publicity, RCA Records)
No. 39 – Marilyn Laverty (President, Shore Fire Media)
No. 40 – Ellen Bligh Truley (VP of corporate relations, SESAC)
Profiles written by Ed Christman, Leila Cobo, Thom Duffy, Phil Gallo, Andrew Hampp, Kerri Mason, Benjamin Meadows-Ingram, Gail Mitchell, Melinda Newman, Cathy Applefeld Olson, Glenn Peoples, Mitchell Peters, Deborah Evans Price, Wayne Robins, Craig Rosen, Richard Smirke, Ken Tucker and Ray Waddell.